"This very extensive parish is situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest, and contains some fine old woodland scenery, many modern plantations, and several open tracts of forest land, which afford good pasturage for sheep. A large portion of it was not enclosed till 1818, and 1,823 acres forms the beautiful park and pleasure grounds of Thoresby Hall, exclusive of 1,752 acres in Pearlthorpe, from which it stretches northward to Carburton, near Clumber and Welbeck, southward to the market town of Ollerton, and westward to Clipstone Park, extending to within three miles of Mansfield. The rivers Medin and Maun traverse it from east to west, as also does the Duke of Portland's Flood Dike, by which such fertility is produced that three crops of hay are annually got, with abundance of grass, on this once barren district. Besides the church at Edwinstowe, the parish has two chapels of ease and a parochial chapelry. It contains 2,635 inhabitants and 18,644 acres, divided into six townships. Edwinstowe is a large village, pleasantly situated on a gentle declivity 2 miles west of Ollerton. It contains 1,006 inhabitants and 5,815 acres of land. It is extremely rural and the church, dedicated to St Mary, is a venerable structure with nave, chancel, side aisles, tower, and lofty spire, which was repaired in 1816, and may be seen at a considerable distance. It is highly ornamented with "turret-looking Gothic niches", and has annexed to it the chapels of Ollerton and Carburton. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £14, now £632."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]