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"Cotgrave, or as it was anciently called Codegrave, is a large village and parish, pleasantly situated on the north side of the Wolds, 6 miles south-east of Nottingham. It contains 817 inhabitants, and 3,520 acres of land at a rental of £5,341. Earl Manvers is sole proprietor, and lord of the manor, except 555 acres, which were allotted to the rector in lieu of tithes, at the enclosure about 60 years ago, and a small portion held by small freeholders. The high grounds on each side of the village, contain an abundance of blue marl, intermixed with layers of red clay. Cotgrave Place is a handsome and pleasantly situated mansion, the property of Earl Manvers, and seat of Colonel Chas. John Hill." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Archives and Libraries

The Cotgrave Rural Library was established in 1850 with 1,600 volumes.

  • Cotgrave Library
  • Cotgrave Shopping Centre
  • Cotgrave, Notts, NG12 3JQ
  • Tele: 01115 989 2578


  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • The parish was then assigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2485
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cotgrave area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church was restored in 1877-78.
  • The church belfry and spire were restored in 1906.
  • The church was damaged by fire in 1996, but has since been restored.
  • The church seats 350.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Churchyard gate on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559 for all entries and is in good condition.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1802.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • The parish was then assigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.

Description and Travel

This parish and village lie 7 miles south-east of Nottingham and 3.5 miles south of Radcliffe. Stragglethorpe is a hamlet in this parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Cotgrave is just west of the A46 between Leicester and Newark.
You can see pictures of Cotgrave which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cotgrave 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 Cotgrave to another place.


  • Plague came to Cotgrave in 1637.
  • A popular spot for local news is the Manvers' Arms in Cotgrave. Also listed as "Earl Manvers' Arms".
  • These are the names associated with the Manvers' Arms in various directories:
Year Person
1869 Samuel TIMM
1881 John Archer TIMM
1912 George HICKLING


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK644354 (Lat/Lon: 52.912154, -1.043780), Cotgrave which are provided by:

Military History

  • The East Windows in the parish church is a War Memorial to those people of the parish who died in World War I.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial across from the parish church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • There is a closer view of the War Memorial at the Southwell Church History Project website.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Nottingham County Council site.

Names, Geographical

  • The village is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book.

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 Bingham Wapentake (Hundred).
  • In October, 1896, this parish gained the area of Lodge of the Wolds Civil Parish when that parish was abolished.
  • You may contact the local Cotgrave Town Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings held every other Thursday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 596
1851 833
1871 831
1881 818
1891 702
1901 659
1911 656
1921 617