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Barnby in the Willows

"Barnby in the Willows is a small village and parish, on the River Witham, which divides it from Lincolnshire, 4 miles east-south-east of Newark. It has 294 inhabitants, and 1,703 acres of land at the rateable value of £2,339 19s 11d. The principal land owners are Henry Gilbert Esq., J. Handley Esq., John Oliver, John Birlett, William Daybell, George Steele and the Rev. John Steele, besides several smaller freeholders, the former of whom built Barnby Manor in 1848, a large neat residence.
The church is a plain structure, with a tower, and dedicated to All Saints. It was repaired and partly new-pewed in 1843. The vicarage, valued in the King's books at £5 9s 9½d, is in the patronage of Southwell Collegiate Church, and the incumbency of the Rev. John Loxley M.A. The tithes were commuted in 1841, the great tithe for £140. Henry Gilbert Esq. has a one-sixth part, and Henry Nevile a one-fifth part. The small tithe was commuted for £219 to the vicar. A neat national school for boys and girls was erected in 1850, by subscription, aided by a grant from the National Society. A neat Methodist Chapel was built in 1825." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Bassingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • We have a list of Lincolnshire-born residents from the 1891 census for those who are curious.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1861 R.G. 9 / 2477
1891 R.G. 12 / 2712

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Barnby in the Willows 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

  • There was a Christian church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey.
  • The existing church appears to be a 13th century structure on Front Street.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date from 1560.
  • The parish was in the #1 deanery of Newark.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1825 thru 1912.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bassingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Barnby in the Willows is a village and a parish just 4 miles east of Newark, 20 miles from Nottingham city and 128 miles north of the city of London.

The village sits on the north bank of the River Witham, which is also the boundary with Lincolnshire. If you are planning a visit:

  • The parish has a Home Page with a history, a detailed map and photographs.
  • The nearest railway stop is Newark.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
You can see pictures of Barnby in the Willows which are provided by:

Directories

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Barnby in the Willows to another place.

Maps

  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK858525 (Lat/Lon: 53.062847, -0.721091), Barnby in the Willows which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial is located over the door in the south wall of the church chancel.

Military Records

A photograph of the War Memorial plaque and a transcription can be found at the Southwell Churches History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern (or southern) division of the county.
  • Currently, the parish was is listed as in the Newark and Sherwood district of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 195
1851 294
1861 302
1871 224
1881 232
1891 252
1901 217

Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1850.