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"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." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2416
1891 R.G. 12 / 2641


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Hallows.
  • The church's lofty tower was damaged by lightning in 1823.
  • The church was restored and repewed in 1831.
  • The church was thoroughly restored and enlarged in 1878.
  • The church seats 500.
  • B. HILTON has a photograph of All Hallows Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church interior> on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.
  • St. Albans Chapel of Ease on the London road was opened and dedicated in June, 1903. It replaced an earlier smaller chapel. Construction of this new church wasn't completed until 1931.
  • St. Albans is now closed. St. Albans was destroyed by fire in August, 2008. Three teenage boys were arrested on arson charges, but I do not have information on their fate.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1557 for marriages, 1558 for burials and baptisms.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish is 138 miles north of London and 15 miles east of Worksop. The parish is intersected by the Chesterfield Canal. The parish covered 1,989 acres and included the hamlet of Whitehouses and the township of Thrumpton.

The village is enveloped by East Retford. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the B6079 arterial east out of Worksop or the A1 motorway north out of Newark.
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Historical Geography

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

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  • The Parish Hall was erecteed in 1903 in Holly Road close by St. Alban's Mission Church.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish includes a township comprised of two Lordships; Ordsall west of the Idle River and Thrumpton east of the river.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish was also in the ancient Soke of Elksley.
  • In 1878, the parish was incorporated into East Retford Brorough.
  • On 1 April, 1921, the parish was abolished and absorbed into East Retford Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 560
1821 632
1841 955
1851 1,342
1861 1,911
1871 2,473
1881 3,011
1891 3,852
1901 5,199
1911 5,690


  • A School Board of 5 members was formed here in 1871.
  • The Board School for boys was built in Thrumpton hamlet in 1874.
  • A Church of England School for infants was built in the parish before 1881.