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Gringley on the Hill

"Gringley-on-the-Hill is a delightful village and parish, on the highest part of the road from Bawtry to Gainsborough, six miles east-south-east of the former, and the same distance west by north of the latter town. From its situation on the loftiest of the promontories which overlook the wide extent of Misson and Misterton Cars, it commands such extensive prospects, that the minsters of York, Lincoln and Beverley may be seen from it on a clear day, across the vales of the Trent and the Idle, whilst in the nearer distance, the Chesterfield Canal appears emerging from the tunnel at Drakeholes, and winding under the long ridge of hills which extends eastward to the Trent. Near the village are several swelling mounds, which were it not for their size, might be supposed artificial from their very bases. On them, however, there have been thrown up three others in ancient times, a small one to the west of the church, and two large ones on its eastern side, one of which is called Beacon Hill. These are evidently the remains of Saxon or Danish works, and the land, which is still called The Parks, is traditionally said to have belonged to a Saxon lord. As the sites of several Roman stations in the adjacent counties may be distinctly seen from this place, it has, no doubt, been used as an exploratory camp. A great annual fair is held here on December 13th for sheep, cattle, cloth, blankets &c. A hiring for servants on November 1s, and a feast on the nearest Sunday to St Peter's Day." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • Gringley has a new Cemetery on the west end of the village, opened circa 1907. This cemetery contains the village War Memorial.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Cemetery mortuary chapelon Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.
  • Gringley Cemetery was administered by a burial board in the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Gringley sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1851 H.O. 107 / 2121
1861 R.G. 9 / 2412
1891 R.G. 12 / 2638

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter. Some give the dedicationas "Saints Peter and Paul".
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church was re-roofed in 1867.
  • The church was restored and enlarged in 1912.
  • Michael SMITH has a photograph of Gringley Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.
  • Steven RUSSELLS has a photograph of Gringley on the hill church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from about 1600.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Retford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1836.
  • Michael SMITH has a photograph of the Gringley Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1881.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Gringley sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Gringley on the Hill is a village and a parish 6 miles west of Gainsborough, 8 miles north of East Retford and 146 miles north of the city of London. The parish covers 4,280 acres.

Beacon Hill, near the church, commands a very extensive view of the whole countryside, including Lincoln Cathedral. If you are planning a visit:

  • The A631 trunk road from Gainsborough runs along the south edge of the village.
  • The nearest railway station is at Beckingham, 3 miles to the east.
  • The Chesterfield Canal passes through the parish just north of the village.
  • Near the Beacon are the remains of a Roman camp.
  • Cattle Fair day is 13 December.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Gringley Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011. Stop in and ask for a schedule of events.
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Gringley on the Hill 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 Gringley on the Hill to another place.

Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Great War memorial window in the parish church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007. The window was dedicated in 1920.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial in the new cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the North Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Gringley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1801.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 533
1841 790
1851 866
1871 869
1901 720


  • A National School was built here in 1855 on land provided by the Duke of Portland.