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"Winkburn parish, formerly Winkbourne, three and a half miles north of Southwell, has a small village pleasantly situated upon an eminence, which contains 137 inhabitants and 2,362a 1r 31p of land, including 380 acres of woods, of the rateable value of £1,900. Edward Valentine Pegge Burnell Esq. is the sole owner, and lord of the manor, who resides at the Hall, a handsome brick mansion, overlooking the vale of the little River Winkle, near the east end of the village. It has recently been enlarged and considerably improved, and has a diversified and well wooded park of 80 acres. The village has also undergone great improvement, by the removal of several dilapidated cottages, and the erection of ten ornamental ones in their place. It was anciently the property of St John of Jerusalem.
The church stands near the Hall. It is a small, ancient structure, and the tower, in which are tree bells, is completely covered with ivy. It has just been new roofed, and thoroughly cleaned and repaired at the expense of E.V. Pegge Burnell Esq., who is patron of the curacy, of which the Rev. P. Turton is incumbent. The living is a donative. In the chancel are several monuments to the ancestors of Mr Burnell. The Methodists have a chapel erected in 1814."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 867
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3533


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. John of Jerusalem.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in the 17th century.
  • The church seats 130.
  • From 1199 to 1832 there was a cell of the Knights Hospitaller based here.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. He includes a little history in the description.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1546.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • Some extracted baptism records can be found at Nottinghamshire History
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1814.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This parish and village lie 4 miles north of Southwell and 8 miles north-west of Newark. Eakring lies to the north-west. The parish covers almost 2,400 acres and includes several mineral springs. The Wink beck passes just to the north-east of the village.

The village sits on a small rise over the surrounding countryside. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A617 west out of Newark toward Ollerton. Just past Hockerton there will be turnoff to the right (north) to Winkburn.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of one of the bridges over the Wink on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.

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Historical Geography

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



Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Burnell Arms, a former pub., on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. It is now a private residence.

These are the names associated with the Burnell Arms P. H. in various directories:

Year  Person
1853 John RICKETT, vict.
1869 John RICKETT, farmer
1881 John RICKETT, farmer
1913 Mrs. Fanny WETHERALL


  • Winkburn Hall  is near the east end of the village and overlooks the Wink River.
  • Winkburn Hall  was the residence of Col. Edward Strelley PEGGE-BURNELL in 1881 and 1904.
  • Peter WORRELL has a photograph of Winkburn Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of Winkburn Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.
  • Steven RICHARDS provides a close-up of Winkburn Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

Military History

In 1912, this parish was the residence of Col. Edward Strelly PEGGE-BURNELL of the Coldstream Guards.


Military Records

In the parish church on the north side of the chancel is a brass tablet to the memory of Colonel Hugh D'Arcy PEGGE-BURNELL of the 7th Hussars dated 1883.

Priv. Harry H. WOODCOCK, 8th Bn Leicestershire Regiment, age 24, died 15 Jul 1916. Son of the late George and Emma WOODCOCK.


Names, Geographical

  • The name "Winkburn" also appears in old records as "Winkbourn" and "Winkbourne". The name derives from the stream that passes through the parish.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and, instead, hold periodic Parish Meetings for all to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council since 1974.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings on alternate Fridays.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 153
1831 134
1851 129
1861 172
1871 142
1881 132
1891 115
1901 103
1911 93
1921 104
1931 90


  • A Free School was built here in 1738 by the BURNELL family.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Old School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.
  • In 1904 average attendance at the school was 22.