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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Perlethorpe 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 is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.
  • The church was built in 1876 and became the parish church in 1877. There had been an earlier church on the site.
  • The new church was poorly constructed and repairs had to made as early as 1904.
  • The lychgate was added in 1922.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • You might enjoy this photo-montage of Perlethorpe Church.
  • In 1850, a small chapel of ease was built in the village of Gunthorpe.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1529).
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1530-1866.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Perlethorpe is a small village, a township and a parish near the Dover Beck on the River Meden. The parish is 3 miles north-west of Ollerton, 8 miles south-east of Worksop. The parish covers about 1,768 acres and contains the hamlet of Thoresby.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 arterial road out of Nottingham. This road runs right through the village of Lowdham.
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus service.
  • There is still a railway station at Lowdham, but the webpage author is unsure if passenger service is still available.
You can see pictures of Perlethorpe which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK648711 (Lat/Lon: 53.232976, -1.030654), Perlethorpe which are provided by:

Military History

  • The churchyard Lych Gate is a War Memorial for World War I and was built in 1921.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. John's Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • An Ionian War Memorial cross for World War I was erected in the nearby hamlet of Budby as well.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Budby War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Richard CROFT also has a close-up of the Budby War Memorial plaques on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • A framed Roll of Honour is in the parish church, but it is dated October, 1914, so it is likely not a complete list of all parishioners who served.

Military Records

For transcriptions of the plaques and the names on them, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • In 1836 the Earl Manvers obtained an Act of Parliament to make Perlethorpe a chapelry in the parish of Edwinstowe.
  • This place became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • In October, 1899, this Civil Parish was abolished and replaced by a new entity: Perlethorpe cum Budby Civil Parish.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected not to have a formal parish council. They hold periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civil and poliitical issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.
  • Almshouses were built near the church around 1890.


Year Population
1881 132
1891 139


  • A Village School was built here in 1861 to hold 45 students.
  • This school, along with that of Budby, was incorporated as a Public Elementary School in 1880. This school has since been closed and the buildings used for other purposes.