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"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]


Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1851 H.O. 107 / 2135
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422 & 2473
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Edwinstowe is a large township, a village and was an extensive parish in the middle of Sherwood Forest. It is divided by the A6075 trunk road east out of Mansfield and west out of Tuxford. At one time the parish included the market town of Ollerton and the townships of Budby, Carburton and Clipstone. The parish covered 17,649 acres in 1881 and included the hamlets of Thoresby, Blackcliff Hill, Kingstand and Car Brake (or Car Brecks). Since 1901, the parish has covered only 4,407 acres

The village lies on the north bank of the River Maun If you are planning a visit:

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Edwinstowe Hall was, for a period, the home of the Earls of Scarborough.

The present Hall was built in 1757.

Here is a photograph of Clipstone Archway House, provided by (and copyright held by) Matthew Bates:

Clipstone Archway House

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Military History

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Edwinstowe  Budby  Carburton  Clipstone  Ollerton  Perlethorpe
1801 506 145 122 134 439 73
1851 1,009 147 161 265 937 80
1851 1,316 - - - - -
1901 986 120 148 273 690 158
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