"Clayworth Parish comprises the two townships of Clayworth and Wiseton, which together contain 3,170 acres of land and 627 souls. It is intersected by the Chesterfield Canal, and bounded on the west by the River Idle. The two townships maintain their poor separately, and have both a fertile soil, that of Clayworth being a rich clay, and that of Wiseton a fine red sandy mould. Clayworth is a good village on the east side of the canal, 6 miles north by east of Retford. It contains a population of 474 inhabitants, and 2,076 acres of land. The heirs of the late Peter B. Dickenson Esq. and lords of the manor, and the principal owners are the Rev. John Otter, G.C. Fox Esq., H.B. Simpson Esq., and Mrs Davenport. The church, dedicated to St Peter, is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains many old monumental inscriptions. The living is a rectory valued in the King's books at £26 10s 10d, now at £604, in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Thomas Henry Shepherd M.A." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
Clayworth is a village, a township and a parish bounded on the west by the River Idle. The parish is 6 miles north of East Retford and 8 miles west of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The parish covers 3,080 acres and inclues the hamlet of Wiseton.
If you are planning a visit:
The Chesterfield Canal (the River Idle) runs past the western side of the village.
Take the A631 trunk road between Gainsborough and Bawtry. Turn south onto the B1403 at Gringley, which will deliver you into Clayworth after about 1 mile.
Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.
You can see pictures of Clayworth which are provided by:
A Roman road ran from Bawtry ran through Scaftwort and Everton to Wheatley and Sturton. St. Peter's Church stands close to the path of the old road.
Do you recognize the Clayworth Challenge Cup? What can you tell us about this goblet? Contact the site co-ordinator via the "Find help" link at the bottom.
There were several Public Houses in Clayworth over time, like the Brewer's Inn, the White Swan and the White Hart in the 1800s.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Brewer's Arms Pub on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the recently closed Blacksmith's Arms Pub on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.
The Pub appears to have re-opened in 2012. They have their own website, but at last look it was very, very slow. Here are the names of the proprietors or victuallers that appear in avarious directories for the Blacksmith's Arms:
Clayworth's war memorial is dedicated to the 12 soldiers from Clayworth who died during the Great War and the 6 who were killed in the Second World War. The names are listed on a roll of honour inside St. Peter's Church.