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Ratcliffe on Soar

"Ratcliffe-upon-Soar is a small village and parish, near the junction of the Soar and the Trent navigation, 9 miles south west of Nottingham. It has 183 inhabitants, and 1,200 acres ofland, belonging to Earl Howe, who is lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £10 11s 3d, now £71., and is now in the imcumbency of the Rev. Jno. Jas. Vaughan. It has been augmented with land at Misson, purchased with Queen Anne's bounty. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is an ancient building with nave, side aisles and tower. In the chancel are several monuments of the Sacheverell family, who had a large manor house here, but it was pulled down in 1719, except the dining room, which is now used as a barn by Mrs Hickinbotham. In 1852 a National School was created here by Lord Howe, who is also the sole supporter." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Castle Donington sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2489
1891 R.G. 12 / 2719


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ratcliffe on Soar 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 the Holy Trinity.
  • Bill HENERSON has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish lie on the River Soar not far from the Midlands Airport, not far from the Leicestershire border. Kingston-on-Soar is just to the south. The parish covers about 1,200 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A453 arterial south out of Nottingham. This road passes just to the north of the village.
  • There is a railway near the village, but the author was unable to find scheduled passenger service.
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Historical Geography

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK494289 (Lat/Lon: 52.855312, -1.267803), Ratcliffe on Soar which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


Year Population
1801 156
1811 169
1821 168
1831 177
1841 224
1851 146
1871 151
1881 146
1891 135
1901 142