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East Markham

"MARKHAM (EAST), a village and a parish in East Retford district, Notts. The village stands adjacent to the Great Northern railway, 1½ mile NNW of Tuxford r. station; is a pretty place; and has a post office, of the name of Markham, under Newark. The parish includes also the hamlets of Markham-Moor and Sipthorpe-Place, and comprises 2,820 acres. Real property, £5,547. Pop. in 1851, 956; in 1861, 807. Houses, 189. The decrease of pop. was chiefly caused by the removal of labourers employed on railway works. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Duke of Newcastle. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of West Drayton, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £334. Patron, the Duke of Newcastle.
The church is ancient; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with lofty embattled tower; and contains some old monuments and armorial paintings, and a tomb of Judge Markham who died in 1409. There are a chapel for Wesleyans, a slightly endowed school, and charities £34."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3456
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


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


Church History

  • There was a church and a priest here before the Norman Conquest.
  • Saint John the Baptist church dates from the 15th century. We have a Portable Document File version of the East Markham St. John the Baptist Church History (443KB, requires Adobe Reader).
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. John the Baptist's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.
  • Michael PATTERSON also has a photograph of St. John the Baptist's Church on Geo-graph, taken on a bright, sunny day in September, 2006.
  • William METCALF has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • The church is Grade I listed with English Heritage.

Church Records

  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1703-1846.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1881.
  • Victor Markham has provided the following church photographs for your viewing pleasure. Victor is the copyright owner of the following:
  1. East Markham church banner (40KB).
  2. East Markham church nave (126KB).
  3. East Markham church chancel (40KB).
  4. Judge Markham's tomb in the church (20KB).

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

The parish lies just west of the River Trent between the A1 motorway and the A57 trunk road, 1.5 miles north of Tuxford. The parish covers 2,666 acres.

Sibthorpe Place is a hamlet 1 mile west of East Markham village. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A1 north out of Newark. The A57 runs just north of the village.
  • The Great Northern Railway used to service a station in the village.
  • There is a caravan and camping park just south of the village.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

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Historical Geography

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



  • One third of the villages died off from the 1609 plague.
  • Read about East Markham's history at this Nottinghamshire history site.
  • Hops were grown here.
  • Apples were grown here and the village had some light industry, but most of that has disappeared in recent decades.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Queen's Hotel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011. Technically, I think it is "The Queens' Hotel", denoting more than one queen.
  • Steven FAREHAM has a photograph of the Crown Pub on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007. I understand that this pub is now closed.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.


Military History

  • The Great War Bulletin for February 15th, 1915; tells us that William SUTTON, son of William and Mary of East Markham, was on board the HMHS Asturias  when the hospital ship was torpedoed in the English Channel (the torpedo failed to explode).
  • There is a 1920 War Memorial at the intersection of High Street and Farm Lane. It is a five-stepped base with a broken plinth or column.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph with a wider view of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of the Stained glass window in memory of Kenneth ROSE, killed in action 1915, aged 25 on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2015.

Military Records

There is a War Memorial plaque in the church on the north wall. To see the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

These are the men who gave their lives in World War I:

  1. Herbert BOOTH
  2. John Neville BRAMELD
  3. Benjaman CLEMENTS
  4. Frederick CRONK
  5. Bertram FLETCHER
  6. John Richard FOX
  7. George GLASBY
  8. George Cecil HEMPSALL, died 20 Sept. 1917, stepson to Richard and Isabella ROSE-SIMPSON.
  9. John William HEMPSALL, stepson to Richard and Isabella ROSE-SIMPSON.
  10. Frank HILL
  11. Gregory KENYON
  12. George Stanley KING
  13. Thomas MANUEL
  14. George WIlliam MOORE, believed to be the son of George William and Priscilla MOORE.
  15. Thomas MUMBY
  16. Samuel OSBORNE
  17. Kenneth MARKHAM ROSE
  18. James SCOTT
  19. Stanley Priestley SLACK, died 28 May 1917, son of William and Rosanna.
  20. William SLACK
  21. Thomas TOWNROW
  22. Walter WIDDOWSON

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1935, this parish was enlarged by 185 acres annexed from Askham Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the East Markham Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • The parish is a member of the Bassetlaw District Council.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014. Stop in when they are open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1810 and 1811.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 665
1831 805
1851 956
1861 807
1871 816
1881 752
1891 693
1901 696
1911 790
1921 737
1931 872
1991 1,045