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Orston

"Orston Parish includes the townships and chapelries of Scarrington, Thoroton, and also part of Flawborough, which is mostly in Staunton parish, in the hundred of Newark. It contains 868 inhabitants and 2,150 acres of land, in the vale of the Smite river. Orston and the two chapelries maintain their poor separately, and in the population returns are entered as three distinct parishes, though they have long been united under the same pastor. Orston village and township contains 1,850 acres of land, on the south side of the Smite, 5 miles east of Bingham. It was enclosed in 1796, when 272a 2r 31p were allotted to the appropriators, and 68a 3r 20p to the vicar, as a commutation for all the tithes. Earl Manvers is lord of the manor, and owner of about 200 acres, but the largest proprietor is William Marshall Esq., who has 500 acres. Near the village is a chalybeate spring, moted for its tonic qualities. Mr John Henry Fisher resides at the Hall, which is a neat residence. The Nottingham and Ambergate branch of the Great Northern Railway has a neat station about half a mile from Orston." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Cemeteries

  • St. Mary, Church Street, Church of England

Census

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 854
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Churches

  • St. Mary, Church Street, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Orston 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 Christian church here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1066.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The date of construction is uncertain, but apparently Norman.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1766-67.
  • The church was partly rebuilt in 1889-90.
  • The last restoration was in 1923.
  • The church seats 344.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1583.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 2.
  • In the baptism register for the period 1813 - 1869 is a Memoranda.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here prior to 1871.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a small chapel here prior to 1912.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Orston is a village, township, and a parish bounded on the west by the Smite River (or Rivulet) and on the east by Leicestershire. The village stands 115 miles north of London, 5 miles north-east of Bingham, and 9 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers about 1,940 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Start your visit in Newark on Trent, take the A46 south-east out of town and turn east (left) onto the A52. At Elton, turn north (left) and drive one mile to Orston.
  • Robert DANYLEC has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. The Hall can be hired for a family re-union!
You can see pictures of Orston which are provided by:

Directories

Historical Geography

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

Manors

  • Red Hall, at the south entrance to the town, is a brick mansion with gardens and was the residence for many years for the DIGBY family.
  • Jaime BECKETT has a photograph of Orston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK771410 (Lat/Lon: 52.960815, -0.853631), Orston which are provided by:

Military History

  • Inside the church, hanging on the wall, is a drum that was used at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
  • The church clock appears to be a War Memorial from 1918, but the web-page author could not find any details on it's dedication.
  • There is an alabaster war memorial tablet with military badges from around 1919.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • Some early texts show this place in Newark Hundred.
  • You may contact the local Orston Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings held every other Thursday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1796.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.

Population

Year Orston Scarrington Thoroton
1801 351 152 110
1851 461 230 177
1861 424
1871 464
1881 484
1891 408
1901 326 178 88

Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1849 to replace an older school building.