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Help and advice for Ollerton

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Archives and Libraries


  • Ollerton Cemetery was consecrated in October, 1863, and is on Boughton Road. It was managed by the Burial Board of the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2473
1871 R.G. 10 / 3535
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


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

Church History

  • There is no mention of a church here in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • There was a medieval church built here, but records are scant.
  • There are gravestones in the churchyard that pre-date the present church structure.
  • The church was for many years a Chapel of Ease for Edwinstowe parish, which lies to the west.
  • The church church did not separate from Edwinstowe until 1888.
  • The church was rebuilt around 1780.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church seats 280.
  • The church was restored in late 1861 - early 1862.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • Geoff DUNN has a photograph of St. Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Church of St. Giles on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • The churchyard was declared full in 1862.
  • In 1931 the Church of St. Paulinus was opened in New Ollerton. There is no burial churchyard for St. Paulinus.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1813.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1592-1854.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built on the Boughton Road in 1868.
  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built on the Newark (Rufford) Road in 1869. This is now a private dwelling.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Ollerton is a township, a parish and a small market town, which sits on the A616 arterial road between Worksop and Newark, 13 miles north-west of Newark. The parish covers 1,708 acres.

The River Maun runs past the north-west side of the town and joins the Rainworth Beck nearby. If you are planning a visit:

  • The A614 trunk road skirts the town to the west.
  • Rail service started in 1897 and ceased in 1955. In August, 2009, the line was re-opened to non-passenger service.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of a portion of Ollerton Village on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Ollerton Hall was built by Colonel MARKHAM. Captain Henry SAVILE was the resident and owner in 1881.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Ollerton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Ollerton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010 .

Military History

  • Ollerton had to provide billets for the South Notts Hussars in early March, 1915, for additional training.
  • Andy STEPHENSON has a photograph of the Mill Stream and War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • Stephen McKAY also has a photograph of the War Memorials on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.
  • And David HALLAM-JONES also has a photograph of the War Memorials on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.
  • The Commonwealth War Grave Commission tells us that there are 23 War Graves (22 English and 1 Dutch) in Ollerton Cemetery.

Military Records

The War Memorial on the island was unveiled by Lady Savile in September 1920. The names of men from the village who died in the Second World War have been added to the memorial together with the name of a soldier killed in Northern Ireland in 1989. The Royal British Legion installed a stained glass window in the parish church of St Giles in the year 2000; the window depicts the memorial cross.

The people honored by the memorial are listed at the Nottinghamshire County web site.

Names, Geographical

The parish and village also appear in old records as "Alleton" or "Alretun",

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry and township in Edwinstowe parish in county Nottingham. It became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish was in the pariliamentary borough of East Retford.
  • This Civil Parish was enlarged in April, 1957, by gaining 45 acres from Edwinstowe Civil Parish.
  • Ollerton formed a Town Council in 1990 and an amalgamation with Boughton took place in 1999.
  • You may contact the Ollerton Town Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • Jonathan THACKER provides a photograph of the Ollerton and Boughton Town Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2015.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Worksop petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1861 932
1871 831
1881 818


  • The National School was built in 1842 to hold 200 children.
  • Heather WILKINSON has a photograph of the Ollerton National School Students. Heather believes the photo is from around 1905 to 1910.
  • The Free School for boys was built before 1881 on Wellow Road.