Carlton on Trent


"Carlton-on-Trent is a pleasant village, township, and chapelry, situated on the Great North Road 2 miles north-west of Norwell, and 7 miles north of Newark, and has a good inn. The township contains 231 inhabitants and 846 acres of land. john Vere Esq. is the principal owner and lord of the manor, and resides at Carlton House, which was built in the last century, and was long the seat of Sir William Earle Welby, Bart. Mrs Hole and George Hutton Riddell Esq have estates and neat residences here.
The chapel, a small ancient building with a brick tower, and annexed to the vicarage of Norwell, was pulled down in 1850, and a new church, dedicated to St Mary, erected on the site thereof, which was consecrated on the 11th of June 1851. It is a neat stone building in the early middle pointed style, and consists of a chancel 32 by 15 feet, a nave 18 by 40 feet, aisles 40 by 5 feet, and a tower 18 feet square and 66 feet high, surmounted by 5 pinnacles, given by James Vere Esq. as also was the organ. There are 250 sittings, 100 of which are free. The font is of carved stone and was the gift of the late Mrs Hutton Riddell, and the communion service was presented by Mrs Hole. The total cost of the building was about £1,600, raised by subscription, towards which the Vere family contributed £600, Joseph Smith Esq. £50 and G.H. Riddell Esq. £50. It is expected, on the death of the present incumbent, it will be formed into a separate district.
In 1849, a new school was erected, and supported by John Vere, Esq., it is a neat brick building. Carlton Steam Mill stands in Sutton parish, it was burnt down in 1831, was soon rebuilt; but was again burnt down, February, 1842 and was again rebuilt, and has an engine of 30 horse power.
The Great Northern Railway Co,, have a neat station, situated about 1 mile from the vilage on the Ossington road, from whence trains depart several times a day. Mr. John Ellis, is station master."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Kneesall sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1871 R.G. 10 / 3538
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • Carlton had an Anglican chapel of rude construction, but great antiquity.
  • The chapel stood until 1849.
  • A replacement church was built in 1851 and dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. The new church was consecrated on 11 July, 1851.
  • Saint Mary's Church could seat 250.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December 2005.
  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.
  • Derek VOLLER also has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1859 for marriages, and 1874 for baptisms and burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Collingham.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Carlton-on-Trent is a village, a township and a parish. The parish lies on the River Trent and the Old North Road, 121 miles north of London and 7 miles north of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers 870 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Rail service to the village ceased in 1955.
  • By automobile, take the A1 motorway north out of Newark and past Cromwell. The road passes through Carlton-on-Trent.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2016.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
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Historical Geography

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



Roger GEACH has a photograph of the Great Northern Inn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.



  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Carlton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.
  • Carlton House was the seat of John VERE, Esq. in 1881.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK798638 (Lat/Lon: 53.165349, -0.807816), Carlton on Trent which are provided by:


Military History

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Carlton-on-Trent, Frederick NAYLOR a blacksmith and H. H. BREWIN a butcher, had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion. The second man may be Harold H. BREWITT, a butcher in the town, but it will take some research to verify the last name. There is a Harold H. BREWITT in the 1901 Carlton-on-Trent census, age 22.

The Great War Bulletin for January 11th, 1914 tells us that sixteen members of the Carlton-on-Trent Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) were presented with "First Aid" and "Home Nursing" certificates.

There is a memorial window with a plaque beneath in St. Mary the Virgin Church dedicated to Lt. Col. George Brenton LAURIE who died in March, 1915. He was the husband of Florence C. V. VERE-LAURIE of Carlton Hall. Note: There is also a battlefield cross to Lt.-Col. George B. LAURIE in the church.

There is a photograph of Lt.-Col. George B. LAURIE of the 1st Btln. Royal Irish Rifles on "Our Nottinghamshire".

Above the battlefield cross there is a light gray stone plaque in an amber frame listing the six men of the parish who fell in World War One.


Military Records

The six men listed on the plaque are:

  1. private Harry BROWN, 1st Btln. Sherwood Foresters, son of William and Mary BROWN
  2. private Percy FAULKNER, 1/8th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, son of Walter and Alice Maud FAULKNER
  3. private Charles HICKMAN, 3rd Btln. Coldstream Guards, son of Arthur and Emma HICKMAN
  4. lt.-col. George Brenton LAURIE, 1st Btln. Royal Irish Rifles, husband of Florence C. V. VERE-LAURIE
  5. rifleman Wilfrid MAY, 17th Btln. King's Royal Rifle Corps, son of Daniel and Sarah Hannah MAY
  6. private Henry WILSON, Labour Corps, son of H. WILSON

Walter FAULKNER, father of Percy, above, was a gamekeeper to Mrs. CRAIG at Carlton Hall.

Residents of Carlton-on-Trent were "stunned" when their 47-year-old Lord of the Manor was killed in France. See The Newark Great War Bulletin for March 22nd, 1915.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in Norwell parish in Nottingham county.
  • This place became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the north-east division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1851 231
1861 290
1871 222
1881 196
1891 185
1901 172
1911 150
1921 187


  • A Parochial School was erected here in 1848.