"Kelham is a small but pleasant village and parish, upon the Worksop Road, and on the west bank of the Trent, 2 miles north-west of Newark. Its parish contains 208 inhabitants and 1,800 acres of land, of which 484 acres are on the island formed by the two rivers betwixt it and Newark. It has long been the seat and property of the Suttons, who once held the title of Lord Lexington. It is now the property of John Henry Manvers Sutton Esq., who resides at the Hall, which was a plain but elegant building, with a centre and wings of brick, with stone corners and window frames, standing in a handsome lawn, near the Trent. A curious wooden bridge which crosses the river close to the lawn has been taken down, and a light but substantial iron bridge erected in its place at a cost of £3,000. The church, dedicated to St Wilfred, had a handsome tower and three bells. It was new-roofed and completely renovated in 1844. Here is a richly wrought monument of the last Lord Lexington and his Lady, of fine stauary marble, but the figures are strangely placed back-to-back. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's books at £19 8s 4d, annexed to that of Averham, being in the same patronage and incumbency. The poor have the interest of £25 left by an unknown donor." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
Kelham is a village and a parish on the west bank of the River Trent on the Worksop road. It is about 117 miles north of London and 2 miles north-west of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers 1,689 acres and includes the hamlet of Debdale Hill 1 mile north-west of the village.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A617 trunk road west out of Newark. As you cross the River Trent, you will enter Kelham village.
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On 5 May, 1647, King Charles I surrendered at the end of the English Civil War at nearby Southwell and was held at Kelham Hall for several days.
A lovely and large bridge built of brick with stone dressings and consisting of five arches crossed the Trent to Newark was erected in 1854-57. An earlier iron bridge was swept away by ice in a flood in February, 1854. Prior to the iron bridge was a small wooden bridge over the Trent.
Richard CROFTS has a photograph of the Kelham Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
Lord LEXINGTON had a long history with this parish as lords of the manor. Their surname was SUTTON.
Kelham Hall was destroyed by fire on 27 November, 1857.
A new Kelham Hall was built on the same site. It stands in a small wooded park of about 25 acres. In 1869 it was the residence and seat of John Henry Manners SUTTON, Esq.
Kelham Hall was bought by the Society for the Sacred Mission in 1903 and run as a Theological College. The military used it in World War I. The Great Chapel was dedicated in 1928 and was a masterpiece. It was almost square with a great central dome, (62 feet across and 68 feet high) the second largest concrete dome in England. The Hall was again commandered by the military in World War II.
The college closed in 1972. Since 1973 the Hall has been the head office of the Newark and Sherwwod District Council.
David BEVIS has a photograph of Kelham Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.