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"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]


  • The municpal cemetery off Wysall Lane was opened in the 1970s.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Keyworth Burial Ground entrance on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.


  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe-upon-Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • In November, 1883 the parish was reassigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2486
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Keyworth area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene.
  • The church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  • The church was restored in 1874.
  • A clock was added to the church in 1893.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The church was in the rural deanery #1 of Bingham.
  • The Congregational chapel was founded here in 1768 and was rebuilt in 1902.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1828 and it was still operating in 1912.
  • The Independents built a chapel here in 1868.
  • The village currently also has a Baptist Church, a Catholic church and a United Reformed Church.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Selby Lane on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Keyworth United Reformed Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
  • Jonathan WILKINS has a photograph of St. Margaret's Catholic Church on Willow Brook on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe-upon-Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • In November, 1883, the parish was reassigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.

Description and Travel

Keyworth is a village and a parish on a hilltop on the west bank of the River Soar about 117 miles north of London, 7 miles south-east of Nottingham, 13 miles north-west of Melton Mowbray and 6 miles north-north-east of Loughborough in Leicestershire. The parish covers 1,530 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A606 trunk road south-east out of Nottingham.
  • Alternatively, take the A0 trunk road north out of Loughborough. The A60 passes near Keyworth village.
  • Rail service came to the village shortly after 1900, but was terminated around 1967.
You can see pictures of Keyworth which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Archaeological finds have turned up Roman artifacts in the parish outskirts suggesting human inhabitation of the area as early as 800 AD.
  • Keyworth is first mention in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • In the 1800s may workers in the village were framework knitters.
  • The village logo is a windmill, but the last windmill was demolished in the 1950s.
  • For more on the village/parish history, see the Keyworth History page.
  • The Plough Inn on Selby Lane is a popular spot for local conversation and news.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of The Plough on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK613308 (Lat/Lon: 52.871169, -1.090739), Keyworth which are provided by:

Military History

  • The in-church war memorials are recorded at the Southwell Churches History Project website.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial gates on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
  • A private war memorial was created in 2007, as the parish had no memorial outside the church other than the gates above. Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of this private War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
  • The local council has decided to provide a public war memorial on the town green once county approval has been received.

Military Records

Private Henry MARRIOTT of the Sherwood Foresters, killed in action in 1917, is burried in the churchyard.

You can read the list of names from the War Memorial at this Nottinghamshire Council website.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Keyworth Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1798 by an Act of Parliament.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


Keyworth was developed in the 1950s through 1970s period and the village is now a commuter town for workers in Nottingham city.

A boundary change in 1984 brought a large part of Normanton into Keyworth parish and increased its population by 2,000 overnight.

Year Population
1801 325
1811 401
1821 454
1831 552
1841 576
1851 667
1871 794
1881 893
1891 771
1901 789
1911 787
1921 836


  • A National School was built here around 1862. This school building is now the Parish Hall.
  • A non-demonational Board School was built here in 1872. This school was demolished in 1985.


  • Keyworth & District Local History Society
  • Keyworth County Council Library
  • Church Drive
  • Keyworth
  • Nottingham
  • NG12 5FF
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