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"Plumtree is a small, pleasant village and parish, on the Melton Mowbray Road, 5½ miles south south east of Nottingham, and was formerly the capital of a wapentake of its own name. It contains 306 inhabitants and about 1,812 acres of land. The parish is divided up into three townships of Plumtree, Normanton on the Wolds and Clipston. W.S. Burnside Esq. is lord of the manor and principal owner, and also patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £19 9s 7d, now £1,113, and is enjoyed by the Rev. John Burnside. At the enclosure 446 acres of land was allotted in lieu of tithes. The church, dedicated to St Mary, was re-pewed, a new pulpit added, and the gallery enlarged in 1818, at a cost of £300. The chancel contains a very handsome painting of the crucifixion, belonging to the worthy rector. A school room was built in 1840 by W.E. Elliott Esq. The poor have the interest of £34, left in 1755 by Richard Fritchett and an unknown donor. The feast is on the first Sunday after Trinity." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • St. Mary, Church Hill, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent 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 / 2486
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718


  • St. Mary, Church Hill, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Plumtree 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 Mary.
  • The church was restored in 1875.
  • The church tower was restored and partially rebuilt in 1908.
  • The church seats 270.
  • Ralph MILLS has a photograph of the Anglican church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 3.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish, township and village lies 5.5 miles south-east of Nottingham and 13 miles north-west of Melton Mowbray. The parish covers 4,376 acres and includes the three townships of Plumtree, Normanton-on-the-Wolds and Clipstone-on-the-Wolds.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A606 trunk road, heading south out of Nottingham for about 6 miles.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the village centre on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
You can see pictures of Plumtree which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK615331 (Lat/Lon: 52.891820, -1.087334), Plumtree which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alan MURAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Military Records

Politics and Government

  • The townships of Plumtree and Normanton-on-the-Wolds were in the ancient North Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The township of Clipstone-on-the-Wolds was in the southern division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake (Hundred) in the county.
  • This parish was, at one time, the capital of a hundred or wapentake of its own name.
  • You may contact the local Plumtree 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 Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • In 1774, Richard PRITCHETT and another donor now unknown left the interest of £34 for the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


Year Plumtree Normanton Clipstone
1801 209 102 62
1851 306 210 81
1881 378 ~99 50
1901 230 209 47