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Description in 1871: "EAKRING, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; 4 miles SSE of Ollerton, and 5½ NNW of Southwell r. station. It has a post office under Newark. Acres, 2, 497. Real property, £3, 260. Pop., 650. Houses, 139. The property is divided among three. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £480.* Patron, alternately Earl Manvers and the Earl of Scarborough. The church is ancient. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Will Scarlet, the friend of Robin Hood, is said to have resided in Eakring."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

Archives and Libraries

Although Eakring used to have its own Lending Library around 1910, it is now served by a Mobile Unit, route 10, which stops at the Savile Arms Pub on Mondays at 11am. Check the local newsletter for current schedules.


  • The parish was in the Kneesall sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1851 H.O. 107 / 2135
1861 R.G. 9 / 2474
1871 R.G. 10 / 3536
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


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

Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church was built in the Norman period.
  • The church nave was widened in 1674.
  • The church roof burned down in 1837, but was replaced with slate that same year.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1881.
  • Andrew Hill has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • Heather FAULKES has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on her OldNotts website, taken in April, 1999.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1626 for baptisms, 1563 for marriages, and 1621 for burials. Some of the early registers are hardly legible and are not bound together.
  • Online burials can be found at the St. Andrew's Churchyard site.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1758-1831.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1835, as did the Primitive Methodists in 1837.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This parish and village lie about 134 miles north of London and 6 miles north of Southwell. The parish covers almost 2,500 acres and includes the hamlet of Leyfields which is just north-northeast of the village and 3 miles south of Ollerton.

A small stream rises near the village and runs east to the River Trent. If you are planning a visit:

  • Visit the Eakring.org website.
  • By automobile, take the A6075 arterial road northeast out of Mansfield. At Ollerton, take the A616 southeast and at Wellow turn south (right) for Eakring.

You can see pictures of Eakring which are provided by:


Ask for a calculation of the distance from Eakring to another place.

Historical Geography

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


  • The webpage author has been advised by an anonymous source that there is no record of any plague outbreak at Eakring.

Military History

May 1919, a war memorial cross was erected in St. Andrew's churchyard. The inscription includes the names of those who served (27) and those who were wounded (5).

The Great War Bulletin for January 11th, 1915 tells us that a Belgian refugee family, the VERBUCK family, was settled into a cottage here, provided by Lord SAVILE.

Military Records

  1. private James Arthur LITTLE, 9th Btln. Royal Scots, son of James and Annie LITTLE.
  2. private James OSBORNE, 10th Btln. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of John and Ellen OSBORNE.
  3. private John Henry ROWLAND, 9th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, son of John and Charlotte ROWLAND.

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old Scandanavian eik+hringr, meaning "ring of oak trees". It appears as Ecringhe in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Eakring Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist 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 Southwell petty session hearings every other Friday at 11am.
  • In 1770, Mr. FOSTER left £17 for the poor, which the overseers distributed as around 17s. yearly to each deserving poor person.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1831 598
1841 661
1851 710
1861 650
1871 540
1881 424
1891 390
1901 330
1911 331
1921 326
1931 643
1951 560
1961 601


  • There was a small school here in 1853, supported by subscription.
  • The local School Board built a school here in 1877 for the children of both Rufford and Eakring.