"Wallingwells, four miles north-by-west of Worksop, is the handsome mansion and beautiful park of Sir T.W. White, Bart., and is an extra-parochial district, partly in Yorkshire, containing 390 acres of land, 6 houses, and 36 inhabitants. It was anciently part of the manor and parish of Carlton-in-Lindrick, until Ralph de Cheurolcourt, in the reign of Stephen, granted 'to Almighty God and the Virgin St Mary, a place in his park of Carleton by the wells and streams of the wells, whose name shall be called St Mary of the Park, to make and build there an habitation for holy religion, so free that this place shall not depend on, or belong to any other place.'
The priory that he built here was a Benedictine nunnery, dedicated to the blessed St Virgin Mary, and afterwards called St Marys of Wallondewelles, from its situation amongst wells, fountains and streams. At its dissolution it was valued at £59, and was granted by Queen Elizabeth to Richard Pype and Francis Bowyer, but is now the property and seat of Sir Thomas Wollaston White, who was created a baronet in 1802." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
The old Benedictine nunnery was known as "de Parco de Carleton" and was founded in King Stephen's reign (in the 1140s) to honor the Virgin Mary. In later years it was known as "St. Mary of Wallendwells".
The priory was surrendered on 14 December 1539.
There is no Anglican church in Wallingwells and no record of one in the old Directories. Many residents used the church in Carlton-in-Lindrick.
Wallingwells is a hamlet and a parish 4.5 miles north-west of Worksop. 352 acres of the parish are in Yorkshire and 390 are in Nottinghamshire. In 1861, the border was marked by a long row of trees. Quoting Wikipedia: "The parish is one of the few in England still to have an exclave - in this case a small section of land separated from the parish by the Carlton in Lindrick parish."
If you are planning a visit to the village:
The village is just north of the A57 trunk road heding north-west out of Worksop.
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Thomas WHITE was created a baronet by King George III in 1802 for twice raising, clothing and arming a regiment of militia during the Napoleonic Wars. The first regiment, raised in 1794, was known as the "Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Cavalry" and is still in existance as "S" squadron Royal Yeomanry.