Colston Bassett


"This village and parish lies on the River Smite, bordering upon Leicestershire, 5 miles south of Bingham, and contains 337 inhabitants and about 2,400 acres of land, of which 1,800 acres belong to the lord of the manor and impropriator, Henry D. Martin Esq., to whose father it was bequeathed by the Honourable Mrs Kaye, sister to Viscount Westworth, whose ancestors bought it in 1714 of Sir Edward Godling. The other part belongs to Mrs Pigon of Reading, and several other freeholders. The manor anciently belonged to the family of Basset, and from then descended to the Staffords, Dukes of Buckingham, from whom it descended to various families.
The church, dedicated to St Mary, stands half a mile from the village. It is an ancient edifice with south aisle, chancel, and low tower, in which is an excellent peal of five musical bells. It is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £8 7s 6d, now £300. It has 42 acres of glebe. The patronage is in the gift of the Crown, and the Rev. Joshua Brooke is the incumbent. The vicarage, which formerly stood in front of the hall, was taken down about 17 years ago, and a neat mansion built a little more to the north. Here is a neat Catholic chapel, erected in 1840, and the priest is the Rev. Joseph Bick. A Primitive Methodist chapel was also built in the same year. The parish feast is on Whit Sunday."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



'The village of Colston Bassett: a pictorial history', Colston Bassett Local History Group, 2008, ISBN 978 0 9559629 05.



  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe-on-Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • In a November, 1883, re-organization, the parish was re-assigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 853
1861 R.G. 9 / 2485
1871 R.G. 10 / 3548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2716

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built on the site of an older church in 1293.
  • Derek HARPER has a photograph of Saint Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2014.
  • In the late 1700s, portions of the church were taken down as the building was deemed too large for its requirements.
  • Saint Mary's Church is now considered a ruin. The new parish church is Saint John the Devine.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Saint John the Devine on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1591 and is in good condition.
  • Evelyn YOUNG made a transcription in full of the parish register covering 1591 to 1925. The web page author does not know where a copy may be found, but an online search will reveal several writings by that author.
  • The parish was in the #1 deanery of Bingham (the rural deanery of South Bingham).
  • The Roman Catholics had a church here in 1840.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here in 1840.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe-on-Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • In a November, 1883, re-organization, the parish was re-assigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Colston Bassett is a village and a parish on the River Smite, 5 miles south of Bingham, 10 miles south-east from Nottingham city and sits on the western edge of the Vale of Belvoir. The parish borders on Leicestershire to the south-east and covers 2,391 acres. The Grantham Canal passes to the south of the parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The nearest rail service appears to be at Bingham. However there is no public transport from Bingham to Colston Bassett.
  • By automobile, take the A46 and turn east at the signpost for Cotgrave (you'll be going the other way), and watch for the Colston Bassett sign.
  • Bus service is infrequent but available from Nottingham and Bingham.
  • The village is noted for its Stilton Cheese.
  • Allan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign for you on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the River Smite on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2003.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the ancient Village Cross on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012 These were frequently erected near the village green and often served as a "preaching cross" for those who wished to provide their own interpretation of the Bible.
You can see pictures of Colston Bassett which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The village feast is on Whit Sunday.
  • The old cross in the village was rebuilt in 1831.
  • In 1604 a terrible plague visited the village.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of Martin's Arms Inn on School Lane on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010. The Inn was built in the early 1700s.


  • Colston Hall was the seat of Robert Millington KNOWLES, lord of the manor, in 1869.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK698332 (Lat/Lon: 52.89173, -0.963976), Colston Bassett which are provided by:


Military History

14 names are listed on the War Memorial plaque mounted on the wall of the nave in St.John the Divine Church.

There is a War Memorial cross in St. John the Devine's churchyard.


Military Records

These are the names recorded on the wall of the church:

  1. Arthur ANDERSON
  2. Albert William BIRKIN
  3. John Alfred FAULKES
  4. John William GREEN
  5. Albert LANE
  6. Charles NEWTON
  7. Ernest PARNHAM
  8. Thomas Charles PARNHAM
  9. Alfred RICHARDS
  10. Robert Henry ROGERSON
  11. Amos SHAW
  12. Benjamin SHEPHERD
  13. John Alfred WAGSTAFF
  14. George Edwin Maylor WESTMAN

Names, Geographical

  • The name often appears with only a singe T in "Basset".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Colston Bassett Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • 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.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 220
1831 310
1841 403
1851 337
1861 297
1881 310
1901 295
1911 302
2001 226


  • A National School for both sexes was held here prior to 1869. The village school was erected in 1872 on School Lane by George DAVY. It was shared with Owthorpe parish (to the west).
  • The Primary School at Colston Bassett on School Lane closed in 2006 due to declining enrollment, but was "reborn" in 2007 as the Colston Bassett Independent Preparatory School.