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]
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 3 miles south of Ellerton.
A small stream rises near the village and runs east to the River Trent. If you are planning a visit:
Visit the Eakring.orgwebsite. At last check (2014), the website had many photos but little in the way of textual content. It appears unfinished.
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:
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].