Description in 1871: "EGMANTON, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; 2½ miles SW of Tuxford r. station, and 5 ENE of Ollerton. It has a post office under Newark. Acres, 2, 220. Real property, £2,283. Pop., 386. Houses, 84. The property is divided among a few. The manor was given by Henry I. to Nigel d'Albini. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £148. Patron, the Duke of Norfolk. The church is tolerable; and there are a Wesleyan chapel, a Primitive Methodist chapel, and charities £14." John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]
From the Southwell and Nottingham Church History site:
"At some point before the 12th century an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a local woman in nearby Ladywood, which led to the creation of a shrine to the saint at the church in Egmanton. This shrine attracted many pilgrims from far and wide who visited the church, which thus became more than just a parish church. Many of the pilgrims scratched crosses into the stone of the south door and north aisle to mark their pilgrimage and many of these cuttings can still be seen today."
"It became the custom in Egmanton for couples who had been married in the church to give a cake to the church bell ringers, who in turn would inscribe their names in the belfry. The earliest recorded names date to 1734 and continued through the 18th and 19th centuries. Sadly, the list was removed as part of the restoration work done at the end of the 19th century."
"A tradition of the church recorded from the 19th century is the storing of a large ham at the church. This was kept ready for one of the local families, who were accustomed to bury their dead ‘in ham’ – the ham was eaten at a feast after the funeral."