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"Oxton is a pleasant village and parish, 5 miles west by south of Southwell, under the hills, on the eastern side of the Dover Beck. It has within its parish 850 inhabitants and 3,584 acres of land. All the waste land was enclosed in 1851. The tithes were commuted in 1844 for £582 4s 3d. The Beecher family and Henry Sherbrooke Esq. are the lay rectors, the latter of whom is lord of the manor and principal owner, and resides at the Hall, and large handsome mansion, with a projecting centre and a handsome pediment. The worthy owner came to this estate in 1847, since when he has made great improvements in the mansion, gardens and pleasure grounds. Thomas Redgate Esq., John Richardson, William Harvey and Mrs Lamb also have estates here, besides several smaller freeholders. The church is an ancient fabric, with a low tower and four bells, and is in the patronage of the Prebendary of Oxton, which forms part of the Chapter of Southwell. The vicarage is valued in the King's books at £24 10s, and has the vicarage of Blidworth annexed to it." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell 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 / 2471
1891 R.G. 12 / 2707


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

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church was constructed in the 12th century.
  • The church tower was added in the late 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1840-43 and again in 1898-1900.
  • The church seats 240.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1564 and is in fair condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1869.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here by 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish are just east of the Dover Beck, about 9 miles north-east of Nottingham, 5 miles south-west of Southwell and 143 miles north of London. The parish covers about 3,580 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the parish sits at the intersection of the A6097 coming north out of Lowdham and the B6386 coming south-west out of Southwell.
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Historical Geography

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


  • Near the village are three ancient barrows. It is unclear how much is known about the barrow contents.
  • Many of the workers in this parish were frame-work knitters in the 1800s.


  • In 1881, Mr. Henry SHERBROOKE, lord of the manor, occupied Oxton Hall. The Hall was in a park of 200 acres.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK629516 (Lat/Lon: 53.057940, -1.062937), Oxton which are provided by:

Military History

  • In the parish church, the east chancel window is a memorial to the 22 men who died in World War I.
  • Also in the parish church is a wooden Roll of Honour for both World Wars along with a framed list of the 107 who served in the First World War.
  • There are two memorial plaques that used to be in the Methodist Church, but are now in the Anglican parish church.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Walesby Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.
  • The Common Land (or Waste Land) was enclosed here in 1851.
  • The parish had six ancient poorhouses which were taken down in 1852 and replaced with new ones.


Year Inhabitants
1801 697
1841 841
1851 850
1881 516
1901 440


  • A Parochial School was built here in 1831, endowed by Mrs. M. SHERBROOK.
  • A National School was built here in 1870.