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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]


  • St. Mary, Church St., Church of England


  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1851 H.O. 107 / 2135
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422 & 2473
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


  • St. Mary, Church St., Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Edwinstowe 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 Mary.
  • Edwinstowe had a wooden church during its Saxon period.
  • The present church was built in 1175.
  • The church was enlarged and improved in 1342 an again in 1450.
  • Legend has it that Robin Hood married Maid Marian in this church.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 1993.
  • Visit the St. Mary's Church website for a photograph and additional information.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1630 and is in fair condition.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Worksop (the #3 deanery of Retford).
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1848.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was also built in 1848.

Civil Registration

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

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:

  • There is no local passenger rail service.
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Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Edwinstowe to another place.


  • Edwin, King of Northumbria, was killed in the battle of Hatfield Chase in 632 or 633 and his body was (alledgedly) hidden in this parish before burial.
  • The parish held a cattle fair on each 24th of October.
  • The village feast was held on the Sunday following the cattle fair.
  • The village currently hosts a Robin Hood Festival in early August.


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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK626668 (Lat/Lon: 53.194592, -1.064451), Edwinstowe which are provided by:

Military History

  • James HILL has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.
  • David DIXON also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham but did not become a modern Civil Parish until December, 1866.
  • In December, 1866, Carburton became its own Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • In October, 1899, Perlethorpe cum Budby Civil Parish was created and carved from this Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1957, this Civil Parish gave up 45 acres to enlarge Ollerton Civil Parish.
  • The Parish Council meets in the Village Hall on Mansfield Road.
  • The Parish is now a part of the Mansfield and Sherwood district.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Worksop petty sessional hearings.
  • The parish had four almshouses founded in 1698 by the Rev. John BELLAMY and his wife Ellen. These were for poor widows.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1818.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


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


  • In 1719, the Rev. John and Ellen BELLAMY left an endowment for the education of eight boys. The original schoolhouse was rebuilt in 1824. A National School was eventually built in 1872 as part of this endowment.
  • An Infant School was built in 1845, funded by Earl Manvers.