Cropwell Butler is a village and civil parish in the borough of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, one mile to the east of the A46 in the NG12 postcode. The next village to the south is Cropwell Bishop. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 Census was 585.
This small village has one pub called The Plough Inn on Main Street, which along with the Village Hall and Sheldon Field are the only public facilities in this small and quiet village. The post office closed some years ago, and a selection of small independent shops including a butcher were transformed into a housing development called Carpenters Close in the late 1970s / early 1980s. There are no schools or Churches in the village, there is however a Methodist chapel.
The Sheldon Field plays host to a number of high-profile football matches in the East Midlands Public Authorities Amateur League (EMPAL). Both Butler-Benfica FC (Cropwell Butler) and Chequers Rangers United (Cropwell Bishop) play at the Sheldon Field on Sunday mornings.
Part of the Upper Saxondale residential area also falls within the Cropwell Bishop parish boundary.
A post windmill at Cropwell Butler (grid reference SK692368) was blown down in 1837. The miller escaped, but with severe bruising, by hiding in a hollow place under a beam.
Cropwell Butler Starfish Site German bombers left a trail of devastation across the Nottingham area on the night of 8 and 9 May 1941 when 95 aircraft attacked the city at 12.37 am. Among the documents now held at the Notts Archives Offices is a detailed map of the city showing the sites the Germans intended to target which included gas works, electricity plants, railways, the Royal Ordnance Factory, Raleigh and chemical factories. In reality, some of the Luftwaffe crews were deflected by a Starfish site at Cropwell Butler – waste land deliberately set alight to lure them away from key targets. They bombed the Vale of Belvoir by mistake, thinking it was Nottingham, killing only livestock.