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"Kneesall Parish comprises the three lordships of Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton, the latter of which is in the South Clay division of the Bassetlaw Hundred. Kneesall is a considerable village, situated on a gentle declivity on the Newark and Ollerton Road, nine miles north-north-west of the former, and four miles east-south-east of the latter, and has within a few years been considerably improved by the building and rebuilding of several neat houses. It contains 382 inhabitants and 2,197a 0r 28p of land, of the rateable value of £1,993 13s 6d. Earl Manvers is the lord of the manor and owner, with the exception of about 50 acres in small freeholds, and a small portion of copyhold held under the Chapter of Southwell, on small certain fines, and a court is held at Michaelmas. The church, dedicated to St Bartholomew, is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £10, now £150 10s 0d, having been augmented by a grant from Queen Anne's Bounty, and has a curacy of Boughton annexed. It is in the patronage and appropriation of the Chapter of Southwell, under whom Earl Manvers is lessee, and the Rev. John Chell A.B. is the incumbent. The church is an ancient structure with nave, chancel, side aisles, tower and tree bells, and is about to undergo considerable repairs." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Kneesall 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 / 2474
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
  • The church appears to be a 14th century structure.
  • The church tower was added circa 1475.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church tower was repaired in 2009.
  • Christine HASMAN has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1682.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here, which thy rebuilt in 1875.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Kneesall is a village and a parish that sits in the east of Nottinghamshire, about 9 miles north-west of Newark on Trent and 4 miles south-east of Ollerton. The parish covers 3,360 acres and includes the townships (lordships) of Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton (or Almpton) Ompton is in the Bassetlaw Wapentake. Laxton parish lies to the north-east.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A616 arterial road south-east out of Ollerton. The road passes through the centre of Kneesall.
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Kneesall 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 Kneesall to another place.


  • James HILL has a photograph of the Angel Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.

Military History

  • There is a large glazed War Memorial tablet that was placed in the church in 1918.

Politics and Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


Year Kneesall Kersall Ompton
1801 368 50 69
1851 382 109 109
1861 360 83 -
1881 400 59 58
1901 250 57 55


  • A National School was built here in 1842, funded by the Earl Manvers.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the modern primary school on Geo-graph, taken in eptember, 2012.