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"Lowdham parish includes the three townships of Lowdham, Caythorpe and Gunthorpe, containing together 1,578 inhabitants and 2,901 acres of land, which was enclosed in 1765, when 268 acres were allotted to the Duke of Kingston and 93 to the vicar, in lieu of tithes.
Lowdham is a pleasant village, situated near the Dover Beck, six miles south-south-west of Southwell. It was of the fee of Roger de Busil, and afterwards possessed by the Lowdhams, who took their name from it, one of who was high sheriff of the county. Peter Broughton Esq. is the principal owner and lord of the manor. Charles Story Esq., Mr Samuel Abbott and Earl Manvers have estates here, and the latter is the impropriator and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £4 18s 4d, now £276, and is enjoyed by.the Rev. John Henry Browne B.A., who resides at the vicarage house, a neat.mansion at the north end of the village. The tithes of the woodland were commuted in 1838, when £26 9s 4d was apportioned to Earl Manvers, and £14 6s 4d. to the vicar.
The church is a neat structure, with a spire and five bells, and has some ancient monuments of the Lowdhams and Broughtons. The National School was built in 1843, and will accommodate 100 children. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists each have a chapel here." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The Lowdham Cemetery at the end of Church Lane was opened in 1953.


  • 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.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2134
1861 R.G. 9 / 2471
1891 R.G. 12 / 2707 & 2708


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lowdham 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.
  • The date of construction is in the 13th century.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1895.
  • The church seats 410.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.
  • There are photographs of the church at the Old Nottinghamshire site.
  • The churchyard was closed to burials when the new cemetery was opened. Ashes in urns may still be intered in the churchyard.
  • In 1850, a small chapel of ease was built in the village of Gunthorpe.
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of the Church of St John the Baptist in Gunthorpe on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559 for baptisms and burials, 1564 for marriages and is in good condition.
  • The LDS Family History Library has the register of marriage certificates from 1 July 1837 to 2 Aug 1897 on microfilm #0095038.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gedling.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here by 1863. They also had a chapel in Caythorpe.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1844.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Lowdham is a village and a parish near the Dover Beck. The Dover Beck and Cocker Beck both feed into the River Trent and run through the parish. The parish is138 miles north of London, 6 miles south-west of Southwell, and 8 miles north-west of Nottingham. Gunthorpe is a village and a township in this parish, lying south-south-east of Lowdham.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 arterial road out of Nottingham. This road runs right through the village of Lowdham.
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus service.
  • There is still a railway station at Lowdham, but the webpage author is unsure if passenger service is still available.
You can see pictures of Lowdham which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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


  • Lowdham village held a feast on the first Sunday in September.
  • Gunthorpe village held its feast on the second Sunday in October.
  • The castle mound is to the west of the bypass.
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s many of the people in the parish were employed as framework knitters.
  • In the early 1900s bricks were made here.
  • "LOWDHAM IN THE 19TH CENTURY. Portrait of a Village," Lowdham Local History Society.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK662468 (Lat/Lon: 53.014399, -1.014690), Lowdham which are provided by:

Military History

  • Gary RADFORD has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.

Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Mary's churchyard extension from World War I:

  1. John William WATSON, priv., 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 36, died 12 Feb. 1918. Son of James WATSON.

Politics and Government

  • This parish contained three townships: Lowdham, Caythorpe and Gunthorpe. Each township had its own village with the same name as the township.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Thurgarton Hundred (Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • Today, Lowdham is in the Newark and Sherwood district.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • Agnes CROSS left a charity (undated) that provided 50 shillings per year to the parish poor.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1765.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


Year Lowdham Caythorpe Gunthorpe
1801 553 168 278
1851 930 315 351
1861 868 304 331
1881 740 294 318
1901 923 232 368


  • The National School was built in 1843 to hold 100 students.


  • There is a: Lowdham Local History Society.