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Norwell

"Norwell Parish comprises the three townships of Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse, and Carlton-on-Trent, which together contain 957 inhabitants and about 3,991 acres of land, which was exonerated from tithe at the enclosure in 1826. Norwell is a large village upon a declivity, 7 miles north-west by north of Newark, comprising within its township 599 inhabitants and 2,701a 1r 9p of land, of which its three prebendaries in Southwell Collegiate Church were lords and principal owners, and their lands are let to several lessees. The prebends were distinguished by the names of Norwell Overhall, Norwell Pallishall and Norwell Tertia. The first was said to be richer than any other possessed by the Chapter of Southwell, but these are lapsed to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners of England.
The church, dedicated to St Lawrence, is a large ancient structure, with name, chancel, aisles and tower with three bells. It was formerly in two vicarages, each valued at £4 12s 11d, but they are now consolidated, of the value of £336, and were in the patronage of the two prebendaries of Norwell Overhall and Norwell Tertia, but now in that of the Ecclesastical Commissioners. The Rev. Edward Chaplin is incumbent, for whom the Rev. Richard Chaplin M.A. officiates, and resides at the vicarage, near the church." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Cemeteries

Census

  • 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 866
1861 R.G. 9 / 2474 & 2475
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Norwell 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

  • There was a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey, but the wooden Saxon church has long ago disappeared.
  • The Anglican parish church of Norwell is dedicated to Saint Lawrence (usually spelled as "Laurence").
  • The church was built in the late 12th century.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1857.
  • The rest of the church was restored in 1874-75.
  • The church seats about 400.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Laurence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • Carlton had an Anglican chapel of rude construction, but great antiquity.
  • The chapel stood until 1849.
  • A replacement church was built in 1851 and dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin.
  • The Carlton church could seat 250.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1685 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The church is currently in the Newark and Southwell Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1843-45.
  • The Methodist chapel closed in 1989.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Norwell is a parish comprised of three townships; Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse and WIlloughby, about 8 miles north-east of Southwell, 7 miles northwest of Newark-on-Trent and 131 miles north of London.

Willoughby is about .75 miles north-north-east of Norwell village. Norwell Woodhouse if about 2 miles west-north-west of Norwell. Carlton is a former chapelry of Norwell, about 3 miles north-east of Norwell. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1 trunk road north out of Newark-on-Trent. Exit to the left at Cromwell and turn left in the centre of that village and follow the road out to Norwell (about 1 mile).
You can see pictures of Norwell which are provided by:

Directories

Historical Geography

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

History

  • This village has Saxon roots and was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • In 1256, Henry II granted the village the right to hold an annual three-day fair and a weekly market on Thursdays.
  • For a well-researched history of the parish, see the Nottingham History pages for Norwell.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK770610 (Lat/Lon: 53.140578, -0.850345), Norwell which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial is a 12ft. high Runic Cross in the churchyard, just west of the church. This cross was dedicated in September, 1921, by the Rev'd. B. S. AINLEY.
  • Inside the church there are wooden board inscribed with the names of all who served in both World Wars.

Military Records

For another photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on the plaques, see the Southwell Churches History Project site.

According to the Commonwealth War Grave Commison website, there are no CW Graves in Norwell churchyard.

Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "Norrell." (Thank you, Brian Binns, 2013).

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the southern division of the county in the northern division of the Thurgarton Hundred or Wapentake.
  • Carlton township was separated from the rest of this parish in May, 1875, and was incorporated as its own Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1826.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.

Population

Year Norwell Woodhouse Carlton
1801 468 - 308
1851 599 127 231
1881 417 87 -
1901 372 71 172

Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1871 on a site given by Lord Ossington.
  • The village CofE Primary School has a website, but no history or old school registers are available.
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