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East Stoke

"East Stoke is a pleasant village on the south bank of the Trent, and on the Roman Fosseway, four miles south-west of Newark. It contains 408 inhabitants and 1,580 acres of land, exclusive of Newark castle liberty, which forms a part of its township, and contains 104 acres. Its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction includes Elston Chapel, and the parochial chapelries of Coddington and Syerston. Stoke Hall is a large handsome mansion, overlooking the vale of the Trent, with extensive pleasure grounds and picturesque scenery. It is the seat of Sir Robert Howe Bromley, Bart., who is the principal owner and lord of the manor. The church stands on an eminence near the Hall, and is dedicated to St Oswald. It has a prebendal stall in Lincoln Cathedral occupied by the chancellor of that church, who has the appropriation of the rectorial tithes and patronage of the vicarage, and the Rev. Henry Dale M.A. is the incumbent. The living is valued in the king's books at £8 13s, now £372. The tithes were commuted at the enclosure for about 250 acres of land. The church is a neat edifice with nave, chancel, and tower with four bells. the vicarage is a neat house, a little south of the village. There was anciently a hospital dedicated to St Leonard, for a master, chaplain, brethren and sick persons. A day school was established in 1847 by Sir Robert and Lady bromley, and is chiefly supported by them, but the children of the labouring classes pay 2d, those of farmers and tradespeople 3d, and children requiring a more extended education 6d per week. John Lightfoot D.D., a celebrated Hebrician, was born here in 1602 and died in 1675." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 867 & 868
1851 H.O. 107 / 303 - 309
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 1995
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the East Stoke area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Oswald.
  • The church was originally built in the 13th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1738.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1873-74.
  • The church seats 70.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Oswald's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538 for all entries.
  • The I.G.I. does not include entries from this parish.
  • The CD-ROM from the Notts Family History Society does not include entries from this parish.
  • The Notts Archives Office hold copies of the register for 1538 - 1966.
  • The Society of Genealogists hold copies for 1538 - 1901.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This small village and parish are about 6 miles south-west of Newark on Trent. The River Trent forms the north-west border of the parish. The parish covers 1,687 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village sits astride the A46 trunk road (the Fosse Way) north out of Bingham.
You can see pictures of East Stoke which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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


  • In June, 1487, the Battle of Stoke Field was fought here. It was the last battle of the War of the Roses.
  • The Battlefields Trust has more information about the battle.
  • In the year 1646 the village was devastated by a terrible plague which killed 159 people over an eight month period.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK748450 (Lat/Lon: 52.997091, -0.886941), East Stoke which are provided by:

Military Records

For a list of the names on the two War Memorial plaques in the church, see the Southwell Churches History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • The place was an ancient Township in Nottingham county. It became a separate ancient parish, possibly in the 13th century and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark-on-Trent petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 293
1831 606
1851 586
1901 331