We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.

Open a form to report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Perlethorpe

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.



  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1871 R.G. 10 / 3535
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Perlethorpe area or see them printed 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.
  • Chris ? has a photograph of a Lake on the River Meden on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.

You can see pictures of Perlethorpe which are provided by:


Ask for a calculation of the distance from Perlethorpe to another place.

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.

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 political issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


 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.