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"Bothamsall or Bottomsall parish lies east of Clumber Park, betwixt and near the confluence of the rivers Wollen and Idel, and the village is pleasantly situated near the Retford and Ollerton road, 4½ miles north by east of the latter. The parish contains 1,712 acres of land, including wood and plantations, containing a variety of soil, but mostly a sandy loam, and 319 inhabitants. The Duke of Newcastle is the sole owner, lord of the manor and improprietor.
The church of St Mary is a perpetual curacy, of the certified value of £52, of which the Rev. Henry Fynes Clinton is the incumbent. The church was rebuilt in 1844 by His Grace, on the site of the old one. It is a neat gothic structure, with nave, chancel, north aisle and pinnacled tower, with three bells. There is also a handsome parsonage, a little east of the church. The stone principally used was brought from Worksop Manor, a great part of which is taken down. In 1852, the Duke of Newcastle converted a barn into a small National School, and he also pays the teacher's salary. The manor, before the Conquest, was held by Earl Tosti, but afterwards by Ralph de St George and Richard de Furnell, who gave the rectory to the Abbey of Welbeck, but in the 20th year of Queen Elizabeth, the tithes and manor were granted to the Earl of Lincoln. Haughton Park, enclosed about 50 years ago, is in this parish. Here are situated the Duke's Kennels, with a neat house, occupied by the head gamekeeper."
[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
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


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Church History

  • There is no mention of a church here in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • There is evidence of a chapel here in 1220.
  • The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1841 from Elkesley parish.
  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Mary, but that dedication was in doubt for decades. The dedication is also given as "Our Lady and Saint Peter". This latter designation appears to have begun around 1924, when the church was rededicated.
  • The church was built in 1845, replacing an earlier church.
  • Richard CROFT has a good photograph of the church at Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Bob HARVEY also has a good photograph of St Peter and St Mary on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.
  • The church was restored in 1982.
  • In 2002, the church was redecorated and electrical work was carried out.
  • The church seats about 200.
  • The church is a Grade II building with British Heritage.
  • For a history of the church and the area around it, visit the Southwell Church History Project site.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church of Our Lady and St. Peter on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2015.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery No. 3 of Retford.
  • Records of Christenings start in 1530. Wedding and burials started being recorded in 1538.
  • The Nottinghamshire Archives office has the baptism 1541 - 1901, marriages 1538 - 1900 and burials 1538 - 1900.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish lies about 7 miles south of East Retford and 4.5 miles northwest of Tuxford. It is here that the River Meden and the River Maun join to become the River Idle. This place was a crossroad (or "crossriver") place in Saxon times and several "tracks" or early roads have been charted. The parish covers 2,481 acres.

The village is normally regarded as a suburb of Nottingham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile the A52 runs through the very nothern part of the village and the A6005 arterial off the M1 at juntion 25 runs through the heart of the village.
  • Nottingham city provides daily bus service.
  • Robert HARVEY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016. Stop in when they are open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • Andrew HILL gives us a Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.
  • Graham HOGG also has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.

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Historical Geography

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



On Castle Hill, just west of the village, are the remains of a camp of some kind. Locals tell of a former castle on the site.

Haughton Kennels were in this parish in the 19th century.



  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Bothamsall Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2015.

Military Records

There are the 11 names listed on the War MemoriaI plaque in the church:

  1. Frederick BARTLE
  2. Charles (Aka Hawksley) BLACKBURN
  3. Frank HALL
  4. Charles Arthur HAXBY
  5. George HUNT
  6. William HUNT
  1. Samuel JESSOP
  2. Cyril Whitworth PARKIN
  3. Percy PASHLEY
  4. William PASHLEY
  5. Cecil John SPYVE

Details on these individuals can be found at the Nottingham War Memorials web site.


Names, Geographical

The parish's early name was "Borneshil". In 1297, the name appears as "Bothemsill”.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county, but was assigned as a part of Elkesley parish for many centuries. It did not become a separate modern Civil Parish until December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • In March, 1884, this parish gained the area of Lound Hall, about 851 acres, from Gamston Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Bothamsall Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT do family history lookups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Bothamsall Haughton
1801 235 41
1851 319 77
1861 296 -
1871 262 -
1881 264 -
1891 272 -
1901 242 51
1911 269 -


  • The parish had its own National School by 1869.