"Keyworth village and parish is situated seven miles south by east of Nottingham, and contains 667 inhabitants and 1,530 acres of land, on the north side of the Wolds. It was enclosed in 1798, when 214 acres were allotted in lieu of tithes, and 6a 4r 12p to the church, which now lets for £12 5s 8d a year. Lord Rancliffe's heirs own about 180 acres, and are lords of the manor and patrons of the rectory, but the next presentation is sold to the Rev. Thomas Dodson of Wimeswold. Here are several estates belonging to Mr Attenborow, Mr W. Flinders, Mr Hemsley, Mr Bebb and others.
The church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalen, has a curious tower, surmounted by an octagonal spire. The Rev. I.H. Hall is the incumbent, and the Rev. L.P.B. Dykes is the curate.
The poor's land, 4a 1r 12p, is let off in half rood sections to the resident poor of the parish. The interest of £10, left by an unknown donor, is paid to four poor widows at Whitsuntide. The Independents have a chapel here, built in 1768, and the Primitive Methodists erected one in 1828. An annual feast is held on Whit Monday."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]