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"Boughton parish, two miles north-east of Ollerton, is a small scattered village situated at the foot of Cockin Hill, a steep acclivity, which forms the east side of the parish, and the boundary of the South Clay division, separating it from the parish of Laxton. On the west is an extensive tract of very light forest land, called the Brecks. About thirty acres of hop ground extend from the south-west at the foot of Cockin Hill, towards Ollerton, of which, a few years ago, there were twice the number of acres in hop grounds. The parish contains 398 inhabitants and 1,348a 1r 15p of land, including 135 acres of commons and 49½ acres in woods, of the rateable value of £1,209 18s 5d. The Earl of Scarborough is lord of the manor (holding a court at Michaelmas), and owner of the whole except 384 acres. John Doncaster, gent, of Ollerton, owns and occupies about 112 acres, and several others are owners. The River Mann intersects the parish, over which, in 1812, a bridge was erected by subscription, previous to which the ford was often dangerous. On the bank of the river is a deep cavity in the rock of red sandstone, called Robin Hood's Cave, near which is New England, a district of about 50 acres, enclosed from the forest many years ago, lying betwixt Walesby and Pearlthorpe, but in Ollerton township." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2473
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Boughton 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 Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The church was consecrated on 15 September, 1868.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Matthew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1686.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.
  • The Baptists built a small chapel here in 1828.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1863.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Boughon was a village and a parish just east of Ollerton, 20 miles from Nottingham city and 118 miles north of the city of London. The River Maun runs through the north-west edge of the parish and the parish covered 1,372 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The A6075 runs through the village and can be reached off of the A1 motorway at Tuxford. Turn west.
  • The railway line may still exist, but there has been no passenger service since 1955.
  • The Harrow Inn on Tuxford Road provides rooms and refreshment.
  • Two miles from the village is a deep cavity known as "Robin Hood's Cave".
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Historical Geography

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK676686 (Lat/Lon: 53.210158, -0.989241), Boughton which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nottinghamshire until it became a parish in 1535.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • This Civil Parish has been merged with Ollerton to form the Ollerton and Boughton Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • Mrs. FROGSON left the interest on £100 to be distributed to poor widows on Christmas day.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


The population of this parish exploded with the growth of Ollerton in the late 1920s and since then has been over 1,200 every census.

Year Population
1801 190
1811 217
1821 289
1851 398
1871 344
1881 296
1891 286
1901 210
1911 269


  • A National School was built here in 1861 by W. J. PICKIN.
  • St. Joseph's Catholic School also operates in the parish on the Main road.