"South Scarle is a pleasant village, 7 miles north-north-east of Newark, including within its parish the township of Besthorpe. South Scarle contains 170 inhabitants and 1,540 acres of land, of the rateable value of £1,288 11s. The church, dedicated to St Helen, is a discharge vicarage, valued in the King's books at £5 2s 6d, now £168, with Girton perpetual curacy annexed. The prebendary of South Scarle in Lincoln Cathedral is patron and appropriator, and the Rev. Francis Baron-de-Paravieloi the incumbent. The tithe was commuted in 1842, the large tithe for £214 12s 3d, and the small tithe for £80 2s 6d, and about 22 acres of glebe belongs to the vicarage, purchased with Queen Anne's Bounty. The vicarage house, a commodious residence, is in Besthorpe. A Methodist chapel was erected in 1829, and enlarged in 1839, and has a Sunday School. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor of Moreland, which is partly copyhold and comprises this parish and Girton, and is held by his Grace of the crown, for the annual rent of £23 4s 5¾d. The Hall is a neat residence, near the church, and is the property and seat of Miss Mary Edmonds. The poor have an annuity of 26s 8d out of Griffin Bridge Close, and the interest of £20, left in 1754 by Edward Ward." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
South Scarle is a parish and two townships: South Scarle and Besthorpe. It lies 7 miles north-east of Newark-on-Trent and 132 miles north of the city of London. The parish is bordered on the north and east sides by Lincolnshire and covers almost 1,050 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A46 trunk road north-east out of Newark-on-Trent toward Lincoln. Turn north at the signs for Collingham and pass through that village to reach South Scarle. Besthorpe would be to the left, near the River Fleet.
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