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Eaton (also called "Idleton")

"EATON, a parish in East Retford district, Notts; on the river Idle and the Great Northern railway, 2 miles SSE of East Retford. Post town, Retford. Acres, 1, 540. Real property, £1, 833. Pop., 184. Houses, 28. The property is divided among a few. Ten manors were here before the Conquest. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Valne, £80. Patron, the Bishop of Manchester. The church is old but good. [John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2416
1891 R.G. 12 / 2641


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • A Norman church stood here, but was pulled down and the stone used to build a new church (date not recorded).
  • The church was thoroghly restored in 1855.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1860.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1682.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1757-1843.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Eaton is a small village and a parish of about 1,526 acres. It lies 2 miles south of East Retford, 18 miles north of Newark-on-Trent and 140 miles north of London. It stands just east of the River Idle.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the arterial road south out of Retford for two miles.
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Historical Geography

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

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  • Eaton Hall was repaired and greatly enlarged in 1831.
  • Eaton Hall was the residense of the BRIDGEMAN-SIMPSON family in recent centuries.


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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK714780 (Lat/Lon: 53.294144, -0.930246), Eaton which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of county Leicester 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.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Land was not enclosed here until 1810.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1851 158
1861 184
1871 131
1881 127
1891 138
1901 144
1911 157
1921 161
1931 152


  • A Parochial School was built here arround 1835.