"Askham Parish, in the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby, is a neat village, on a pleasant declivity, three miles north of Tuxford. It extends westward to the Idle, includes the hamlet of Rockley, and contains 398 inhabitants and 1,440 acres of good clay land, upwards of 20 acres of which are in hop yards. The Archbishop of York is lord of the manor, which is partly copyhold and partly leasehold for the term of three lives. The Archbishop holds a court once a year. The church is a small gothic edifice, with a tower and three bells, and was re-pewed in 1849. The living, a perpetual curacy, is a member of the vicarage of East Drayton, being in the patronage and enjoyment of the incumbent of East Drayton. The great tithes are in the appropriation of the Dean and Chapter of York, and were commuted in 1844 for the sum of £200, and the vicarial for £70 5s 0d." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1881 R.G. 11 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1907.
  • The clock was placed in the church tower in 1913.
  • The church seats 130.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of The nave, St. Nicholas on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1539.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1873. A second chapel was built in Rockley hamlet in 1875.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie 139 miles north of London, about 2.5 miles north-west of Tuxford and about 5.5 miles south-east of Retford. The parish covers about 1,274 acres and includes the hamlet of Rockley.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • The village is just north off of the A57 trunk road as it passes to the north of Tuxford.
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Historical Geography

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



  • The "Duke William" Public House has long been the centre for local news. The pub was, for many years, called the "General Duke William." The name refers to William the Conquerer from 1066.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Duke WIlliam Pub in Town Street on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.
  • These are the names associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1853 William SMITH, vict. & chair maker
1869 Miss Sarah PARKIN
1876 Miss Sarah PARKING
1881 Joseph PARKIN
1904 John GLASBY, farmer
1912 Batty BIRKILL
2013 Alan DRAPER

Joseph PARKIN, above, was born in Grove, Nottinghamshire, around 1855.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK740747 (Lat/Lon: 53.264145, -0.892029), Askham which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is No War Memorial in this parish.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nottinghamshire. It is uncertain when it became a Civil Parish.
  • This place was in the Southwell and Scrooby Liberty.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the county.
  • In April, 1935, the parish was reduced by 185 acres which were tranferred to the East Markham Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The parish had a small "hospital" for six poor widows founded in 1658. Each widow was given 10s. a year and coal.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 220
1851 401
1861 287
1871 290
1881 219
1891 219
1901 240
1911 250
1921 236
1931 217