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]
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.
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:
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].