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  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 861
1851 H.O. 107 / 2125
1861 R.G. 9 / 2432
1891 R.G. 12 / 2662


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Selston area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was built of stone in 1150.
  • The church was restored and enlarged in 1899 and again in 1904-05.
  • The church seats 450.
  • Katy WATERS has a photograph of St Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • The church of Satint Michael and All Angels was built in Underwood in 1888-89.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1557.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1557-1875.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The following Non-conformist churches and chapel have existed in the parish: Calvinist, Baptist, Primitive Methodists and Free Church chapels.
  • The Congregational chapel was founded in 1670.

Civil Registration

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

Correctional Institutions

  • To deal with overcrowing at Nottingham's House of Correction, a new prison was built at Bagthorpe for all those prisoners in 1891.

Description and Travel

This large village and parish is 143 miles north of London and 12 miles north-west of Nottingham. The parish sits on the Derbyshire border. The parish covers 3,318 acres and includes the hamlets of Bagthorpe, Underwood, Hand Stubbing, Westwood and Woodnook. Jacksdale (or Jack's Dale) is a village in the parish.

Selston is divided from Derbyshire by the Erewash River. If you are planning a visit:

  • Selston lies off the M1 motorway north of Nottingham. Turn off at the B6018 arterial crossing.
  • Visit the website for Jacksdale for local colour.
You can see pictures of Selston which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Wansley Hall, the former seat of the WANDESLEY family, is in Bagthorpe.

Military History

  • Alan SLATER has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006. The memorial is in Jacksdale on the main road.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • For governance, the parish was in the north division of the ancient Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the Northern division of the county.
  • District governance is provided by the Ashfield District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Mansfield petty session hearings held at the Police Court every week.
  • Three cottages were provided to the poor by the parish.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1851 2,101
1861 2,628
1871 3,670
1881 4,373
1891 5,267
1901 7,071
1911 8,982
2001 12,208


  • The National School here was built by the Butterley Iron Company some time before 1869.