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Woodhouse Hall

"Woodhouse Hall, with an estate of 270 acres, forms an extra-parochial district, lying near the west side of Welbeck Park, adjoining to Holbeck Woodhouse, 4½ miles south-south-west of Worksop. It is the property of the Duke of Portland, who thoroughly drained a great portion of the land in 1844. It is let to Mr John Ludlow, farmer, who resides at the Hall, and ancient mansion of considerable extent, which is still surrounded by a moat. Thoroton says the Robert, the first Earl of Kingston, who died in 1643, "resided at his ancient house of Woodhouse, the most part of 40 years", but his son and heir dwelt at Holme pierrepoint. This was anciently part of Cuckney, and is no doubt the site of the "Castle of Cuckney" which was built by the founder of Welbeck Abbey, and which was afterwards occupied by the descendents of his brother Ralph, who took the name of Silvan, from their residence at this manor in the woods, which they subsequently gave to the monks at Welbeck." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Carburton sub-distrct of the Worksop Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 852
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2647


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Winifred.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Carburton sub-distrct of the Worksop Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Woodhouse Hall is a village and a parish 4 miles south-west of Worksop on the border with Derbyshire. The parish covered 303 acres.

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient extra-parochial area and was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1857.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • This Civil Parish was dissolved in April, 1935, and all 303 acres amalgameted into Holbeck Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Worksop petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Worksop Poor Law Union.
  • The Duke of Portland erected "The Winnings" almshouses in 1890. They were so called because the Duke's wife encouraged the Duke to use the proceeds of his horses' races to benefit the poor.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of The Winnings on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.


Year Population
1811 8
1851 8
1881 129
1901 185