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"Fledborough us a scattered village and parish, on the Trent bank, 6 miles east by north of Tuxford, at the northern extremity of the hundred of Thurgarton. Its parish includes the hamlet of Woodcote, 1 mile west of Fledborough, in which are three farm houses, and together contains 112 inhabitants and 1,300 acres of land. Earl Manvers is the principal owner, lord of the manor and patron of the church, St Gregory, a rectory valued in the King's books at £9 7s 6d, now £295, and the Rev A.O. Fitzgerald is the incumbent. The tithe was commuted for £340. The church is an ancient structure, near which is a neat rectory house.

In the early part of the last century, this place obtained the appellation of the Gretna Green of Nottinghamshire, from the rector (a Mr Sweetapple) who, like the blacksmith of the Scottish border, fettered with the chain of wedlock all who applied to him for that happy purpose.

John Angerstein Esq. and Mr George Billyard have estates here, and Earl Brownlow, Mr Henry Clark Hutchinson and Mrs Hannah Bennett are owners in Woodcotes."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 865
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642
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Church History

St. Gregory's Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Fledborough is a village and a parish about 8 miles south-east of East Retford, 5 north-east of Tuxford, 12 miles north of Newark-on-Trent and 136 miles north of London. The parish covers 1,450 acres and includes the hamlet of Woodcotes.

The village is on the west bank of the River Trent on a slight rise above the flood plane. If you are planning a visit:

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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Population
1801 71
1811 82
1841 112
1851 130
1871 123
1881 106
1901 91
1991 70
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