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"Skegby is a pleasant village and parish, situated on the two declivities of a deep and narrow valley, near the source of the river Meden, three miles west of Mansfield. The parish comprises 865 inhabitants, and 1,440 acres of land, of the value of £2,380. Here is an extensive coal mine, and several limestone quarries and kilns. A steam corn mill of 16 horse power was erected in 1820 by the late Mr Richard Adlington's father, of Tibshelf in Derbyshire. John Fodsley Esq., of Skegby Hall, is the principal owner and lord of the manor, and holds a peculiar court for proving the wills &c. of this parish and Teversal, but John Monks Esq., Mr William Adlington, Mrs Ann Adlington and others have estates here. The church is a small ancient structure, and was formerly a chapel to Mansfield. It contains two very old pieces of sculpture, the one with a pendant horn may be imagined represents one of the ancient foresters. The living is a curacy, certified at £78, and is enjoyed by the Rev. William Goodacre. The Dean of Lincoln is the patron and impropriator, but the Duke of Portland is his lessee. The Wesleyan Methodists have a chapel in the village, erected in 1844. In 1613, Mathew Clark left 10s yearly to the poor. In 1741, Simon Smith bequeathed his real and personal estate to found a hospital here, but his devise was void by the Mortmain Act. The feast is on the Sunday after July 10th. Skegby Hall is a large handsome mansion, the seat and property of John Dodsley Esq." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Sutton-in-Ashfield sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 861
1861 R.G. 9 / 2427
1891 R.G. 12 / 2653


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

Church History

  • Directories on the 19th and 20th centuries list no known dedication for this church.
  • One source has the church dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • Several more recent sources have the church dedicated to Saint Andrews.
  • Confusion over the dedication is found in several sources. It is possible that the church was re-dedicated to clarify the naming.
  • The church was built in the Norman period, prior to 1571, as a chapel of ease for Mansfield.
  • The church was restored and enlarged in 1870.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the parish church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • Andrew HILL also has a photograph of Church of St Andrew on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1571, but early portions are not very legible.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1844 and opened in 1845.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the new Skegby Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2014.
  • The Methodist "Free Church" was built here in 1865.
  • A Baptist chapel was built here in 1877.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Sutton-in-Ashfield sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Skegby sits on both sides of a deep valley near the source of the River Medin. This village and parish lie 142 miles north of London and about 3 miles west of Mansfield. The parish covers about 1,433 acres and includes the hamlet of Stanton Hill. Felley used to be a chapelry in this parish but is now its own Civil Parish and reported under that name.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • the village is on the A611 south out of Mansfield, not far from the #27 roundabout on the M1 motorway.
You can see pictures of Skegby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • In the 1800s, limestone was quarried and stocking-making was a common occupation. Brick and tile were also made here and coal was mined in the parish.
  • The Village Feast was held on the Sunday after July 10th.


  • Skegby Hall was built circa 1720.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of Skegby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Skegby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2014.

Military History

There is a war memorial in the churchyard. It is a wheeled cross on a three-step base.

Military Records

The list of names can be found at the Nottinghamshire Council site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry of Mansfield in the northern district of Nottingham county.
  • This parish was in the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • On 1 April, 1935, this place was abolished as a Civil Parish and all 1,467 acres amalgamated with Sutton In Ashfield Civil Parish.
  • 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 Mansfield Police Court every week.
  • Mrs. LINDLEY established a charity here in 1817 that gave a little over £3 and 13 shillings to the poor each year.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Mansfield Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 416
1832 656
1851 865
1861 805
1871 1,382
1881 2,401
1891 3,120
1901 3,867
1911 5,057
1921 6,230


  • A National School for both sexes was built in Skegby village in 1865.
  • A National Church School was built in Stanton Hill in 1870.