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North Muskham

"North Muskham Parish contains the three townships of North Muskham, Bathley and Holme, in which are 1,021 inhabitants and 3,290 acres of fertile land, which was enclosed in 1771 when 91 acres were awarded to the vicar, and 300 acres to the Earl of Falconberg, in lieu of the tithes. The Earl has since sold the impropriate lands to various persons. North Muskham is a pleasant village on the west bank of the Trent, and partly on the Great North Road, 3½ miles north of Newark. Its township contains 663 inhabitants and 1,090 acres of rich land. Mrs Edge of Strelley is lessee, under the prebendary, for the manor who, with the Duke of Newcastle, are the principal owners. Muskham House, a superb mansion, buily by the Pocklingtons in 1793, was taken down a few years ago. Muskham Grange, a fine ancient mansion occupied by John Handley Esq., was the seat of the late William Dickenson Hastall Esq., who distinguished himself as a topographer of some of the most interesting parts of his native county. The church, dedicated to St Wilfred, is a neat gothic structure with nave, chancel, side aisles and tower, in which are two bells. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £5 6s 8d, now £173. The prebendary of North Muskham is patron and appropriator, and the Rev. Joseph Markham Parry A.M. incumbent." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2474
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfred (spelling variations abound!).
  • The church was constructed circa 1190.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt circa 1530.
  • The church was entirely restored in 1906 and 1907.
  • The church is Grade 1 listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph inside St.Wilfrid's nave on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1706 for all entries, but is in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1814. They moved to a new chapel in 1905.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish are about 128 miles north of London and 3 miles north of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covered 1,096 acres in 1881.

The village is on the west bank of the River Trent. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is just off of the A1 motorway north of Newark.
  • Michael WESTLEY has a photograph of the Village sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.
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Historical Geography

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


  • The village had a ferry across the Trent River to the village of Holme for centuries. You must drive north to High Marnham to find a bridge over the River Trent.

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 northern division of the Thurgarton Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • The Bathley township was split off as its own Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The Holme chapelry was split off as its own Civil Parish even earlier.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1771.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings.


Year North Muskham Bathley Holme
1811 336 179 109
1831 681    
1851 663 214 144
1871 552    
1881 542    
1901 559 171 100


  • Mary Woodhouse endowed a school which was built as a ome-room school in 1798.
  • A school board was formed of 7 members in 1875.
  • A board School was built here in 1880 on a site previously devoted to the Mary Woodhouse endowed School. This school closed circa 1965.
  • The new school was opened in 1966. This school has its own Web site with a history section, but no mention of earlier students.