Car Colston


"Car Colston is a small village and parish situated 2½ miles north-north-west of Bingham, and contains 319 inhabitants, and 1,640 acres of strong clay land, of which Mrs Ellen Lower is the principal owner, lady of the manor, and impropriator. John Hacker Heathcote Esq., Rev. Robert Hall and Mr William Blagg are owners, and a few others have small estates. The houses mostly stand around two open commons, which contain about 23 acres. At the Conquest, Coleston was partly ancient demesne, and partly of the fee of Roger de Busli, and passed successively to the Cheyneys, Lovetots, Vanxes, Colstons, Thorotons, Arnalls, Willoughbys &c. The Church, dedicated to St Mary, has a handsome tower and four bells, and was appropriated to Worksop Priory in 1349. In Thoroton's time the tithes belonged to the Duke of Newcastle, but being charged with £20 yearly by the King, and £4 to the church of Lincoln, they were then of not much value to His Grace. The vicarage is valued in the King's books at £6 1s 10½d, now at £203. The Rev. John Chancourt Girardot is the incumbent, whose father purchased the right of patronage a few years ago. In 1842 the tithes were commuted at £315 for the impropriator, and £153 1s 6d for the vicar. In 1838 Mr Girardot took down the old vicarage, and erected, at a short distance, a handsome building in the Elizabethan style, with stone mullioned windows and other stone dressings, with neat grounds around. The parish feast is the Sunday after June 15th. In 1835 a small Wesleyan chapel was built by Mr John Marriott."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Bingham is an excellent resource.



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district in the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 853
1851 H.O. 107 / 2139
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3546
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The precise date of construction is unreported, but is known to be 13th century.
  • The church tower was restored in 1911.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2008.
  • Robert THORNTON, the 17th century antiquarian and the author of the "History and Antiquitites of Nottinghamshire," is buried in the churchyard.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1570 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery No. 2 of Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here in 1835.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011. New a domestic house.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish and village lie about 120 miles north of London, 3 miles north-west from Aslocton, 2 miles north-east of Bingham parish and 12 miles east of Nottingham. The parish covers about 1,640 acres.

The Roman Fossway (Now the A46 arterial) passes through the north-west edge of the parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 north-east out of Nottingham or south-west out of Newark. The A617 passes along the north edge of the village.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011. You may wish to stop in and check the schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Car Colston which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The village feast was held on the Sunday after the 15th of June.
  • Dr. Robert THOROTON, the author of the "Hisotry and Antiquitites of Nottinghamshire," 1677, lived and was buried in this place.
  • Richard GREEN has a photograph of the Village Stocks on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of the Royal Oak Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.


  • Colonel Francis HACKER, who commanded the guards when Charles I was beheaded, formerly resided in the old hall. He was executed in October 1660 at Tyborn Prison. HACKER was born in East Bridgford, Notts.
  • Car Colston Hall stands in a new location in a park of 120 acres.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of The Hall at Car Colston on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK718426 (Lat/Lon: 52.975951, -0.932177), Car Colston which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a wooden War Memorial on the wall inside the parish church. Read more about it at the Southwell Churches History Project website.
  • There is no War Memorial in the church for World War II.

Military Records

The names on the church plaque for World War One are:

  1. Robert Henry BUCKLAND
  2. Philip Umfreville LAWS
  3. Walter Douglas POWELL
  4. Arthur SMITH
  5. Leslie TOMBLIN

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish is a member of the Rushcliffe Borough of Nottinghamshire.
  • Today, because the parish is small, it has a Parish Meeting instead of a parish council.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings held every other Thursday.
  • In 1616, Gregory HENSON left Brushmore Close for the use of the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 152
1841 276
1851 319
1861 299
1871 263
1881 276
1891 215
1901 217
1911 223
1921 243


  • There was a parochial school for both sexes here in 1846.