"Calverton is a considerable village and parish, pleasantly situated in a narrow valley, 7 miles north-north-east of Nottingham. It contains 1,427 inhabitants and 3,325 acres of land, enclosed in 1780, when upwards of 400 acres were allotted to the appropriator and 203 acres to the vicar, in lieu of tithes. The Duke of Newcastle, as lord of the manor, also received a small allotment. The principal owners are the Duke of Portland, Lady Catherine Sherbrooke, Thomas Redgate Esq. and Mr Joseph Potts, besides several smaller freeholders.
Sansom Wood is a large farm on the western side of the parish, belonging to and occupied by the Duke of Portland. Near it are several other forest farms of considerable extent. Calverton House is a handsome mansion, the property of Lady Sherbrooke. There are also several other neat houses in the village. Calverton Lodge, 1 mile north, is a neat farm house occupied by Mr Richard Franks. The Rev. William Lee, the inventor of the stocking frame, was born here, and there are now in the village upwards of 400 of these complicated pieces of machinery." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • Calverton has a Cemetery alongside Mansfield Lane on the north side of the village. It was formed in 1886 of two acres, with a small unconsecrated mortuary chapel.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Cemetery grounds on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.
  • The Cemetery is under the management of the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 865
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2444
1881 R.G. 11 / 3337
1891 R.G. 12 / 2677

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfrid (or Wilfred).
  • The church was first rebuilt around the 13th or 14th century from an older building.
  • The original church "may" be of Saxon origin. Various sources are uncertain of the construction date(s).
  • The old church was taken down around 1770 and a new building raised on its site.
  • The nave and tower were restored in 1881.
  • The new church seats about 256.
  • The church is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of St. Wilfrid's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568 for baptisms and 1569 for marriages and burials. The registers are in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • John MELLORS has provides this list of St. Wilfrid's Marriages. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here before 1853.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1853.
  • The Baptists had a chapel built here in 1832.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Baptist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011. This used to be the Primitive Methodist Church, but was taken over by the Baptists.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Calverton is both a village and a parish about 7 miles north of Nottingham city and 8 miles south-west of Southwell. The Dover Beck flows throught the north-eastern edge of the parish on its way to join the River Trent. The parish covers 3,320 acres.

Locals refer to the village as "Calvo". If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A60 trunk road north out of Nottingham, bear right onto the A614 and take the second right, at the B6386 into Calverton.
You can see pictures of Calverton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The Rev. William LEE invented the Stocking Frame here in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
  • A Calverton man has elected to build a Romano-British home as an experiment in this backyard.
  • The parish includes Satterford (or Salterford) manor.
  • Tom COURTNEY has a photograph of the Admiral Rodney Public House on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.
  • The Admiral Rodney has its own Website. The pub is on the main road thru the village.
  • In 1881, Mr. Richard LEE was the proprietor of the Admiral Rodney P.H..
  • In 1912, Mrs. Frances FISHER was the proprietor of the Admiral Rodney P.H..
  • On Cockpit Hill, 521 feet tall, are traces of an ancient camp.
  • Roofing stone was quarried here.
  • The Reverend William LEE, the inventor of the stocking frame, was born and lived here.
  • And, of course, many of the inhabitants were lace and stocking makers.


  • Calverton Hall is in the centre of the village and was the residence of John S. WHEATLEY in 1881.
  • Salterford Hall is 2.5 miles north-west of the village.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK617492 (Lat/Lon: 53.036528, -1.081309), Calverton which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a War Memorial standing in Calverton Cemetery.
  • In 1912, Commander William SHERBROOKE, RN, was lord of the manor.
  • There is a monument to a Polish aircrew who died in a World War II crash in the parish.

Military Records

There are War Memorial plaques in Holy Trinity Church.

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in Holy Trinity churchyard:

  1. G. H. WRIGHT, priv., 3rd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. age 26 , died 24 Nov. 1918. Husband of Gladys Evelyn WRIGHT..

And be sure to check the names listed on the Roll of Honour site.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Calverton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • In 1974, the parish joined the new Gedling Borough Council.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011. This used to be the Primitive Methodist Church, but was taken over by the Baptists.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1870.


Year Inhabitants
1801 636
1821 1,064
1851 1,427
1861 1,372
1871 1,319
1881 1,246
1891 1,199
1901 1,159
1911 1,101
1921 1,040


  • A Free School for boys was founded by Jonathan LABRAY and built here before 1869. In 1881, each student paid 2d a week to attend.
  • Alan WILKINSON has written "Labrays; portrait of a village school 1718 to 1973", published by Midas of Nottingham, No ISBN known. No longer in print, but can be found at the Calverton Library and the Nottingham Central Library.