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North Leverton with Hablesthorpe

"North Leverton Parish has 336 inhabitants and 1,513a 1r 12p of land, extending from Welham to Hablesthorpe, with which latter parish it is so connected that one church serves the both, and the common land of each was enclosed under one Act of Parliament passed in 1795, when an allotment of 149a 3r 18p was awarded to the Prebendary of North Leverton, in Southwell Collegiate Church, as a commutation of the appropriated tithes. and 79a 2r 13p to the vicar, in lieu of small tithes. G.S. Foljambe Esq. is lord of the manor and a small owner. William Mason Esq. is lessee of the prebendal land, and owner of a great part of the parish, which in the Domesday Book was called Legreton, and certified as a berne of the Archbishop of York's great soc of Laneham. Lord Middleton, Benjamin Walker Esq., the trustees of the late John Sharpe Esq., and others have estates in the parish.
North Leverton is a good village five miles east by north of Retford, but the houses at the east end of it are in Hablesthorpe parish. The Lincoln branch of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway passes through the parish, and has a small station about half a mile from the village.
The church has a nave, side aisles, tower and three bells, and in 1847 was thoroughly cleaned, repaired and re-pewed, at a cost of about £400, a great portion of which was given by the vicar, including a new organ, also put up at his expense."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Clarborough sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2414
1871 R.G. 10 / 3452
1891 R.G. 12 / 2639

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • There is some indication that some source say that the dedication is to Saint Helen.
  • The church was built in the Norman period, circa 1200.
  • The church was restored in 1878.
  • The church seats 184.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.
  • The Anglican church at Habblesthorpe was dedicated to Saint Peter, but long ago ceased to exist.
  • The churchyard at Habblesthorpe was still used for interment up through 1912.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1669 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Sturton Road on Geo-graph, taken in July, 20106.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

The parish, near the River Trent, covers about 2,400 acres and includes the hamlets of Habblesthorpe and Coates.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014. It is a wee bit faded, but just wipe it with a clean wet towel when you get a chance.

The village has TWO signs! Graham HOGG has a photograph of the other Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.

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John Marius WILSON's, " Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72:

" APPLETHORPE, Apesthorpe, or Habblesthorpe, a parish in East Retford district, Notts; on the verge of the county, 1 mile E of Leverton r. station, and 5½ E of East Retford. It contains the hamlet of Coates; and its Post Town is Sturton under Retford. Acres, 1,040. Real property, £1,369. Pop., 142. Houses, 26. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £81. Patron, the Bishop of L. There is no church; but there are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £62."

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Historical Geography

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Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Royal OAK Pub on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.


Military History

  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the War Memorial on Main Street on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Main Street on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.
  • A War Memorial plaque was installed in St. Martin's Church in August 1920.

Military Records

These are the names listed on War Memorial plaque in Saint Martin's church:

  1. sapper Thomas Robert CHAPPELL, 4th Field Coy Canadian Engineers
  2. private Ernest HOLMES, 10/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry
  3. private Walter Baker MELLARS, Machine Gun Corps
  4. private George Henry PEACOCK, 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards
  5. private Fred SHARPE, 78th Bn Canadian Infantry
  6. private Clarence John SMITH, 6th Bn Northampton Regt.
  7. private George STANILAND. 11th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers

Politics and Government

  • Anciently these were two separate parishes.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • This place was incorporated as a modern Civil parish in December, 1884.
  • You may contact the North Leverton with Habblesthorpe Parish Council concerning civic and political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1795.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year North Leverton Hablesthorpe
1801 270 107
1841 - 100
1851 336 103
1901 285 119