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Carlton on Trent

"Carlton-on-Trent is a pleasant village, township, and chapelry, situated on the Great North Road 2 miles north-west of Norwell, and 7 miles north of Newark, and has a good inn. The township contains 231 inhabitants and 846 acres of land. john Vere Esq. is the principal owner and lord of the manor, and resides at carlton house, which was built in the last century, and was long the seat of Sir William Earle Welby, Bart. Mrs Hole and heorge Hutton Riddell Esq have estates and neat residences here. The chapel, a small ancient building with a brick tower, and annexed to the vicarage of Norwell, was pulled down in 1850, and a new church, dedicated to St Mary, erected on the site thereof, which was consecrated on the 11th of June 1851. It is a neat stone building in the early middle pointed style, and consists of a chancel 32 by 15 feet, a nave 18 by 40 feet, aisles 40 by 5 feet, and a tower 18 feet square and 66 feet high, surmounted by 5 pinnacles, given by James Vere Esq. as also was the organ. There are 250 sittings, 100 of which are free. The font is of carved stone and was the gift of the late Mrs Hutton Riddell, and the communion service was presented by Mrs Hole. The total cost of the building was about £1,600, raised by subscription, towards which the Vere family contributed £600, Joseph Smith Esq. £50 and G.H. Riddell Esq. £50. It is expected, on the death of the present incumbent, it will be formed into a separate district." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Kneesall sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Carlton on Trent 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

  • Carlton had an Anglican chapel of rude construction, but great antiquity.
  • The chapel stood until 1849.
  • A replacement church was built in 1851 and dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. The new church was consecrated on 11 July, 1851.
  • Saint Mary's Church could seat 250.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December 2005.
  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1859 for marriages, and 1874 for baptisms and burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Collingham.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Carlton-on-Trent is a village, a township and a parish. The parish lies on the River Trent and the Old North Road, 121 miles north of London and 7 miles north of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers 870 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1 motorway north out of Newark and past Cromwell. The road passes through Carlton-on-Trent.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
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Historical Geography

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


  • Carlton House was the seat ofJohn Vere esq. in 1881.


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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK798638 (Lat/Lon: 53.165331, -0.807799), Carlton on Trent which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in Norwell paish in Nottingham county.
  • This place became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the north-east division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1861 290
1871 222
1881 196
1891 185
1901 172
1911 150
1921 187


  • A Parochial School was erected here in 1848.