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"Warsop Parish is situated at the south-west corner of Bassetlaw, and is bounded on the west by Derbyshire, on the north by Cuckney, on the east by Budby, and on the south by the parishes of Edwinstowe and Mansfield. It is divided into the two townships of Warsop and Sookholme, which contain together 1,394 inhabitants and 6,956 acres of land, of which upwards of 200 acres are in woods and plantations. The forest land was partly enclosed in 1775, and the remainder by an act passed in 1818, but the award was not signed till 1824, when 713a 3r 13p were allotted to the rector in lieu of all the tithes of the parish.
Warsop township comprises 5,974 acres of land, and 1,318 inhabitants, mostly living in the two villages of Church Warsop and Market Warsop, which are situated on the opposite banks of the River Meden, 5½ miles north-north-east of Mansfield. Sir Richard Henry Fitzherbert, Bart.,is lord of the manor, patron of the rectory, and owner of all the soil, except about 300 acres belonging to Mr Charles Jackson, and Mr Willowes Wright. The market here has long been obsolete, but three fairs are still held annually, viz. on the Monday before White-Monday for cattle, sheep &c.; on November 17th for cattle; and on Michaelmas Day for sheep.." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • Warsop Cemetery is on Cuckney Hill Road, north of the town.


  • The parish was in the Warsop sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 852
1851 H.O. 107 / 2123
1861 R.G. 9 / 2423
1891 R.G. 12 / 2648


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Warsop area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • A Saxon church was here at the time of the Domesday Survey (1168).
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • A clock was donated to the church tower by Reb. Francis MARTIN in 1844.
  • The church was restored in 1878.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Peter and St. Paul Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • The church erected a Mission room and infants school in the middle of the parish in 1875.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish church register dates from 1538.
  • "Warsop Parish Records" by Richard J KING, written 1884, publ: William Goul, 3 Westgate, Mansfield.
  • The Anglican church was in the No. 3 deanery of Retford.
  • The Baptists had a chapel here before 1853.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1853.
  • The Congregationalists had a chapel here before 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This town and parish lies on both banks of the River Meden, 140 miles north of London, about 8 miles south-west of Worksop and 5.5 miles north-east of Mansfield. The parish covers almost 7,000 acres and includes the townships of Warsop and Sookholme and the hamlets of Gleadthorpe and Nettleworth.

Warsop township makes up about 6,000 acres and includes the two villages of Church Warsop and Market Warsop. The Market here has long been obsolete.

Sookholme township and chapelry makes up about 982 acres at the west end of the parish, up against Derbyshire, and includes the village of Sookholme. The village is about 4 miles north of Mansfield. The chapel here is a chapel-of-ease for Warsop. Magnesian Limestone is found in great quantities here. About a quarter of a mile south-west of the village is a spring, from which a small stream runs through the village into the Meden River.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • The village is on the A60 south out of Worksop or north out of Mansfield.
  • Check out the Community News.
You can see pictures of Warsop which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Warsop has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • Cattle fairs were held the Monday before Whitsunday, on 29 Spetember and again on 17 November.
  • A Parochial Library was established in 1842.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
  • You can find a good online map of Market Warsop at the Mansfiled Gov. site.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK566679 (Lat/Lon: 53.205150, -1.154054), Warsop which are provided by:

Military History

  • James HILL has a photograph of the War Memorial in Church Warsop on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Andrews HILL has a photograph of the War Memorial at the churchyard entrance on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.

Military Records

There is a War Memorial plaque in the church. To see the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • In December, 1866, Sookholme was established as a separate Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1935, the separate Civil Parish of Sookholme was abolished and the 991 acres reabsorbed into Warsop Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the Mansfield 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.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1824.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Mansfield Poor Law Union.


Year Warsop Sookholme
1811 984 63
1851 1,350 48
1861 1,374 52
1871 1,486 117
1881 1,329 35
1901 2,132 55


  • A Parish School was built in 1842 in Market Warsop.
  • A fairly recent addition is The Meden School & Technology College on Burns Lane. The Meden School opened in 1965. You can find out more at the School Website.