A Description of the Village and Parish
Flintham is a pleasant and well-built village, 6½ miles south-west by south of Newark, including within its parish 637 inhabitants and 2,110 acres of rich loamy land, at a rateable value of £3,324, which was enclosed about the year 1780, when 172 acres were allotted to the vicar, and about 300 acres to trinity College, in lieu of tithes, exclusive of 165 acres which had previously belonged to the said college. The greater part of the parish belongs to Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard Esq., but Francis Fryer Esq., Richard Hall Esq. and John Clark Esq. have also estates here. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, which he holds in fee of the King's Duchy of Lancaster, together with several others in this neighbourhood. His Grace has no land here except six acres allotted to him at the enclosure. Flintham Hall, which has been successively the seat of the Husseys, Hackers, Woodhouses, Disneys, Fytches and Thorotons, is now the residence of Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard Esq. It is a handsome modern edifice, erected on the site of the ancient mansion. It owes many of its present beauties to the late Col. Hildyard.
Religious History and the Church
The whole of the church, except the chancel was rebuilt 1827-8 by the late Col. Hildyard, at a cost of £1,100, exclusive of the carriage of the materials, for which the farmers made no charge. The chancel would also have been re-edified, had not death put an end to the Colonel's pious intentions, on 30th July 1830. It had a tower and four bells, and is dedicated to St Augustine. The patronage and appropriation belong to Trinity College, Cambridge. The vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £6 2s 6d a year, now £303, has had several augmentations from Queen Anne's bounty, and is now in the incumbency of the Rev. Charles John Myers M.A. the feat is on Whit Sunday.
The Methodists and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here.
The parish school was built in 1779. It is endowed with 12 acres of land at Caythorpe, let for £20 per annum, and left in 1727 by Robert Hacker for the education of 14 free scholars.
In 1727 Robert Hacker bequeathed 20 acres at Brandon (let for £30) to the vicar and churchwardens, in trust, that they should distribute the rents amongst the poor of the parish at Whitsuntide and Christmas. The poor have also 20s yearly, left by John Smith, out of two houses in Stodman Street, Newark, belonging to the Duke of Newcastle.
People and Events
Laird says (1811) "a former incumbent of this parish was an odd character, and saved upwards of £1,500 by a most beggarly and penurious mode of life. He has been known to serve the thatchers to get a penny, and once went to Newark with a letter for the sum of twopence".
White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853