"Ordsall Parish comprises the lordship of Ordsall, on the west side of the Idle, and the lordship of Thrumpton, on the east side of that river. These lordships form one township, and contain 1,342 inhabitants, and 1,925 acres of rich, sandy land, part of which was not enclosed till 1804. The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire, and the Great Northern railways, pass through, and both of the stations are in this parish, the particulars of which will be found in the Directory of East Retford. Hops. Mr Young says, some years ago, two spirited agriculturists of this parish (Mr Mason and George Brown Esq.) drained, at a small expense, by open cuts, a deep black bog, which has been let for 3s per acre, and planted it with hops, in squares of six feet, and succeeded so well as actually to clear £62 per acre in one year.
The Church is au ancient Gothic edifice, with a lofty tower, which was greatly injured by lightning in 1823; the interior contained several old monuments, and was in a very decayed State till 1831, when it was repewed and thoroughly repaired, The living is a rectory, in the patronage of Lord Wharncliffe, and is valued in the king’s books at £19. 10s. 7½d. ; now at £470., and has 30 acres of glebe. The Rev. Thomas King, B.A., is the incumbent, and resides at tbe rectory house, a neat modern mansion; as also is Higgins House, the seat and property of John Walker, Esq. The Rev. Wm. Denman, in the reign of Queen Mary, was ejected from this rectory, but was restored again after Elizabeth ascended the throne. An instance occurred here in 1652, which shows the stringent principles of puritanic times. The Rump Parliament not only ejected Dr, Marmaduke Moor from this rectory, but also sequestrated his paternal estates "for treason, and for the heinous and damnable offence of playing at cards, three several times, with his own wife ! ! ”
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]