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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:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
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.
  • 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.

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.
You can see pictures of East Markham which are provided by:

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.

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


  • 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 disappeard in recent decades.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK743727 (Lat/Lon: 53.246113, -0.887983), East Markham which are provided by:

Military History

  • There is a War Memorial on High Street. It is a five-stepped base with a broken plynth or column.

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.

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.

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