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"Stokeham is a small village and parish, five miles north east from Tuxford, only containing 60 inhabitants, and about 564 acres of land, of which, William and John Otter, and Joseph Quibell are resident owners, and Thomas Kneeton and Frederick Beardsall have estates here; but Earl Manvers is lord of the manor, which in Doomsday Book is called Estoches, and was soc to Fledborough, of the fee of the Bishop of Lincoln, and was successively held by the families of Lysure, Bassett, Swift and Amstrudders. The church is a small fabric, annexed to the vicarage of East Drayton, which has all the tithes of the parish; the Rev. John Goodacre is the incumbent." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • By the mid-19th century the church was dilapidated..
  • The church was restored in 1862 and again in 1881.
  • The church was fully restored in 1928.
  • At last report, the church is seldom used for weekly services.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1650 and is in good condition, although imperfectly kept.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford (or No. 2 deanery of Retford).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1869.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village, township and parish are about 5 miles north-east of Tuxford and 6 miles south-east of Retford. The parish covers only 564 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A57 trunk road, heading east off of the A1 trunk road and turn north at Darlton. Continue north thru East Drayton to get to Stokeham.

You can see pictures of Stokeham which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nottingham county. It apparantly became a modern Civil Parish in 1834, but that date is uncertain.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Headon cum Upton, Grove and Stokeham Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches. At last check, their website was under revision.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1861 53
1871 53
1881 43
1891 35