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Eaton

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]

Cemeteries

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the churchyard cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016

Census

  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2416
1871 R.G. 10 / 3455
1891 R.G. 12 / 2641

Churches

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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 thoroughly 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.
     
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the Campanile turret added to the church roof on Geo-graph, taken in March, 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.
     
  • Roger GEACH has a photograph of Eaton village on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
     
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Directories

From WHITE's 1853 History, Directory and Gazetteer of Nottingham:

EATON, or IDLETON, is a small village and parish, on both sides of the Idle, connected by a brick bridge, 2 miles S. of Retford. It was formerly a place of some consequence, for before the Norman Conquest, we find " here were ten manors and ten thanes, each thane having a hall;” at the survey, however, they were reduced to one manor, and given to Roger de Busli. Henry Bridgeman Simpson, Esq., is lord of the manor, and owner of the parish, which was purchased about 1785, of Earl Fitzwilliam. It comprises 158 inhabitants, and about 1407 acres of land, part of which was not enclosed till 1810.
The church is a small fabric, with turret and be& and the living is a vicarage, valued in the King’s books as £:4, 13s. 4d., now at £63. The Rev. John Twells, is the incumbent, and the Prebendary of Eaton, in Southwell Collegiate Church, is the patron and appropriator.
A small school was built about 18 years ago, Mrs. Simpson pays for 8 children, and the rest pay one penny weekly till they are 5 years old, and threepence per week after.
Eaton Hall is a pleasant mansion, which was thoroughly repaired and greatly enlarged in 1831, and is now the seat of William Frederick Baring, Esq.
  • Baring, Wm. Fdk. Esq., Eaton Hall
  • Harrison, George, butcher
  • Hindley, Richard, butcher
  • Jackson, Richard, blacksmith
  • Swallow, Mary, schoolmistress
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  •    Farmers
  • Cooper, Joseph
  • Curtis, Samuel
  • Jackson, Thomas
  • Knight, John

Historical Geography

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Manors

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

Military History

B. HILTON has a photograph of the World War II Firing Range , which is closer to Eaton than it is to Gamston, on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005. It was used by men from surrounding towns.

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.
     

Population

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

Schools

  • A Parochial School was built here around 1835.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014. This has been converted to a residence.