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Normanton on Trent

"Normanton is a pleasant village and parish, upon a declivity 4 miles south-east by east of Tuxford, and 1½ miles west of the river, to which the parish extends. It contains 359 inhabitants and 1,163a 2r 19p of land, of the rateable value of £2,061 2s 3d. The open fields were enclosed under an act passed in 1800, when 124a 3r 30p of land was awarded to the Duke of Devonshire, as impropriator, and 56a 2r 17p to the vicar, in lieu of tithes.
The church, dedicated to St Matthew, is a small edifice, with name, chancel, side aisles and tower, with three bells. A gallery was erected for the singers a few years ago, by subscription. The Rev. Edward Howell is the incumbent, and has upwards of 74 acres of glebe. The living is valued in the King's books at £4 5s, now £154.
The Duke of Devonshire sold the impropriate lands, with the advowson, to the Rev. William Doncaster, at whose death it was sold to the Rev. Robert Gamson. William de Lovetot gave the church to the priory, which he founded at Ratford. J.E. Dennison Esq. is lord of the manor, principally copyhold, on small certain fines, and courts are held at Easter and Michaelmas at Grassthorpe. Mr William Moody and Samuel Siddons Esq, and some others, have small estates in the parish." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 866
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The church is a small Gothic structure.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Matthew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1673 for baptisms, 1675 for burials and 1687 for marriages and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the No. 1 deanery of Newark (otherwise known as the Collingham deanery).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1869.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in December 2005.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village, township and parish parish lie just 3 miles north of Carlton on Trent, 4 miles south-east from Tuxford and 130 miles north of London. The parish in just west of the River Trent and covers 1,110 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A1 north out of Newark. The A57 runs just north of the village.
  • There is a caravan and camping park just south of the village.
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Historical Geography

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


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Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

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 Hatfield division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The parish maintained almshouses for four to six poor women in the 1800s.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 286
1851 388
1861 402
1871 360
1901 305