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"Awsworth township and chapelry borders upon Derbyshire, and has a small village on the Nottingham Canal, 2½ miles west of Nuthall. The Earl of Stamford is lord of the manor, and principal owner of the land. The chapel was consecrated about 1760, and is a curact endowed with about £50 a year. The Earl of Stamford is the patron, and the Rev. S.M. Lund is the incumbent, for whom the Rev. Wm. Clementson M.A. officiates, who resides in a neat mansion erected in 1843. It is situated on an eminence, and commands a fine view of the Derbyshire and Leicestershire hills. The chapelry is entitled to send one poor person to Ilkeston almshouses, and to receive £5 yearly from the funds of Smedley's charity, for teaching 18 poor children. The Earl of Stamford is trustee." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Hucknall Torkard sub-district of the Basford Registration District until 1901.
  • By 1911, the parish had been reassigned to the Greasly sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1891 R.G. 12 / 2675


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Awsworth area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The church was built of brick in 1746.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1902 using much of the original chapel's chancel.
  • The church turret was added on the east end in 1910 and a new bell added in 1912.
  • The church seats 250.

Church Records

  • This place was formerly a chapelry to Nuthall. The chapel was consecrated around 1760.
  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1756 for baptisms and marriages and from 1804 for burials.
  • Search the Nuthall parish register which dates from 1657.
  • We have a pop-up window of Awsworth burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield (and in 1912, the rural deanery of Beeston).
  • The church is currently in the Nottingham North Deanery.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here built in Shilo in 1834.
  • The United Methodists had a chapel here built in 1884. There is a photograph on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Hucknall Torkard sub-district of the Basford Registration District until 1901.
  • By 1911, the parish had been reassigned to the Greasly sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Awsworth is a small village and a parish 3 miles north-east of Ilkeston, 2.5 miles west of Nuthall and 134 miles north of London. Derbyshire lies to the west. The parish covers only 380 acres and includes the hamlet of Shilo.

The village is on the Nottingham and Erewash canal. If you are planning a visit:

  • Awsworth is just off the M1 motorway where it intersects with the A610 trunk road west of Nottingham. Go west on the A610 for about a mile, then turn south (left) into Awsworth village.
  • Rail passenger service to the village ceased in September, 1964.
You can see pictures of Awsworth which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Awsworth has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • This is the Saxon village of "Ealdeswyrthe".
  • Most of the parish was prime grazing land before World War I.
  • In the 1600s a glassworks was established in the village.
  • In the 1800s most workers were employed in the collieries, iron works or brick yards.
  • The parish has seen a poplation growth due to its location as an outlying suburb of Nottingham.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK482438 (Lat/Lon: 52.989354, -1.283415), Awsworth which are provided by:

Military History

  • In 1920, the War Memorial was erected in the churchyard and was unveiled by Lt.-Col. TERRY: the son of Rev. Michael Terry, former vicar of Awsworth.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial at FLICKR.com.

Military Records

For another photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Nottinghamshire Council site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nuthall parish.
  • This place became a separate modern Civil Parish carved out of Nuthall Civil Parish on 31 December, 1894.
  • The parish was in the southern divison of the ancient Broxtowe Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish's district governance is the Broxtowe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1871 555
1891 1,247
1901 1,529
1911 1,617


  • The parish formed a School Board of 5 members in 1877.
  • A Board School was built in 1878 to accommodate 260 students.
  • The school has its own website, but no history or past student information.
  • The parish had an Infants School built in 1895 to accommodate 216 students. Average attendance in 1912 was 160.


The Awsworth and Cossall History Society would enjoy hearing from you. Their website needs a little work to complete it, but they are a valuable resource.