"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]
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:
The Fledborough railway station still stands, but rail service was discontinued in 1955. Today the station is the start of a 12-mile long cycle track to Lincoln.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of Fledborough on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2009. The shot is taken from across the River Trent.
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