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"Hockerton is a small village, two miles north by east of Southwell, and contains 106 inhabitants and 1,045 acres of land. It was owned by Johannes de Walor in 1183, and afterwards passed by the families of Botiler and Criche, and is now the property of Major General Whetham, who succeeded to the estate of the late Admiral Southeron in 1839. He is the entire owner of the land and lord of the manor, and also patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £9 9s 4½d, now at £244. The Rev. John P. Mills is the incumbent, who resides at the rectory house, a newly erected building adjoining the church. The rector has 50 acres of ancient glebe, and receives £192 in lieu of tithes. The church is a small structure, with a tower and three bells, and is dedicated to St Nicholas. It was repewed in 1843. A neat school was built in 1843 by Major General Whetham, who also supports the teacher. Hockerton Moor is a farm house, on an elevated situation, nearly a mile and a half west of the village." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 866
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Hockerton area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The construction date is uncertain, but was prior to 1582. The building is definitely Norman.
  • Christine HASMAN has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date from 1582 and are in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Hockerton is a small village and a parish on the high road from Mansfield to Newark (the A617). It is 6 miles north-west of Newark and 11 miles south-east of Mansfield. The parish covers about 1,350 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A617 west out of Newark. This road passes through Hockerton.
  • For bus service, try the Carberry Bus Service.
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Hockerton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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  • Hockerton Manor is on Hockerton road just southeast of the village.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK716564 (Lat/Lon: 53.099987, -0.932082), Hockerton which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name Hockerton is Old English hocer+ton, or "farmstead at the hump or rounded hill". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Hocretone. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Nottingham county and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake in the southern division of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 100
1831 108
1851 114
1861 108
1871 110
1881 101
1891 68
1901 79
1911 66
1921 72
1931 70


  • A School was built here in 1843 by Major-General WHETHAM. This was originally only a Sunday school.