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Census

  • The parish was in the Claypole sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
     
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 618
1851H.O. 107 / 2120
1861R.G. 9 / 2482
1891R.G. 12 / 2716
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
     
  • The church dates back to the 14th century.
     
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1830.
     
  • The building was thoroughly restored in 1875.
     
  • The church seats 150 persons.
     
  • A photograph of All Saints is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
     
  • Here are 2 photos of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

 

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Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1537 and the Bishop's transcripts start in 1544.
     
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1544 to 1812 and Marriages from 1538 to 1809.
     
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Loveden Deanery to make your search easier.
     
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Claypole sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
     
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

Fenton is a parish and village just 6 miles ESE of Newark on Trent and 3 miles due south of Beckingham parish. Stubton parish lies to the south. The parish covers about 1,230 acres of low, marshy land.

Note: There is a hamlet of Fenton in Kettlethorpe parish near Gainsborough.

The small village of Fenton lies between two small tributaries that drain into the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A17 trunk road east out of Newark or west from Sleaford. Turn south at Beckingham.
     
  • Mind the ducks as you pass through the village.
     
  • Bob DANYLEC has a nice photograph of the Village Duck Pond on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
     
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
     
You can see pictures of Fenton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

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Land & Property

  • The principal landowners in 1871 were Richard LUCAS, Sir Richard FREDERICK, baronet, Mr. Henry GILBERT and the Rev. George MARSLAND.
     
  • In 1913, Stafford Vere HOTCHKIN of Woodhall Spa and Col. Henry William LOWRY-CORRY of Suffolk were the principal landowners.
     
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Manors

  • Fenton Hall  was built in 1507 as the seat of the LUCAS family. It partially burnt down about 1771 and its remains converted into a farm house, occupied by the THURLBY family in the late 1800's and by the CODD family in the early 1900's.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK879508 (Lat/Lon: 53.046838, -0.689993), Fenton which are provided by:

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Names, Geographical

  • The name Fenton is from the Old English fenn+tun, or "farmstead in a fen or marsh". In 1212, the village is name is given as Fentun.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
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Names, Personal

Here are the surnames found in White's 1872 Directory of Lincolnshire:

HALL, JENKINSON, MARSLAND, RIPLEY, ROSS, WILKINSON and THURLBY.

Here's a partial list of surnames found in Kelly's 1913 Directory:

CODD, COUSINS, PICKETT.
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient Loveden Wapentake in the South Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
     
  • The citizens of this small parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead have periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
     
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate petty session hearings.
     
  • In the 1800s, Mrs. LUCAS left the interest on £150 with the church to be distributed in coal to the poor of the parish.
     
  • The "Blackmiles" charity, left by an anonymous donor, also contributed to the poor of the parish.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

YearInhabitants
180184
1841120
187187
188184
189176
191152
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Schools

  • There is no record of a school being built at Fenton.
     
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.