"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 descendants 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]