"Darlton is a small village, township and parochial chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Dunham, and situated on the road to Dunham Bridge, 3 miles north-east by east of Tuxford. It contains 185 inhabitants and 1,364 acres of land, enclosed about 1765. It formerly belonged to the Cartwright, Walker and Calvert families, the latter of whom sold it out in small lots. The principal owners are Sir William Welby, bart., Thomas Newstead, Joseph Walton, William Jackson and William Mee Esq., the latter of whom is lord of the manor. There are also several other smaller owners. The church is a small, venerable structure, dedicated to St Giles, and the living is a perpetual curacy, of which the vicar of Dunham is patron and incumbent. The great tithes are appropriated to Southwell Collegiate Church, and are let to Samuel Crowley Esq. A small Methodist chapel was built about 40 years ago. In the parish are the farm houses at Honeywell, Outgang and Kingsbaugh House, the latter of which is a farm of 270 acres, the property of Sir William Welby, bart. It is an ancient moated building, erected by King John, who converted the King's hay or wood into a park, "and made war in this place" against his brother, Richard I."

  • Barrowcliffe Wm:, shoemaker
  • Colebeck Wm., vict., Sun Inn
  • Hempstock Jobn, blacksmith
  • Hewitt John, toll colr, Darlton
  • Moore Mr. William
  • Worthington John, shoemaker
  •   Farmers
  • Bettinson, George Field
  • Black John
  • Brackenburg, J & B Lodge
  • Brown William
  • Carver Joseph
  • Fisher William
  • Jackson William
  • King Rd., Kingshaugh House
  • Moore James
  • Morris William
  • Newstead Thos.
  • Reddish Joseph
  • Selby Matthew
  • Walton Joseph, Darlton Gapps
  • Weitman Richard, Darlton Lodge
  • Wilson William, Cottage
  • White, Henry Honeywell

[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of some chest tombs at St. Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.



  • 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
1881 R.G. 11 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Church History

  • No church or priest is recorded here in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The date of construction is late 12th century.
  • The church was rebuilt, except for the tower, in 1863.
  • The church is a Grade II* structure with English Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Church of St. Giles on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568 and is in fair condition.
  • The London Family History Centre has the Bishop's Transcripts from 1622 to 1836.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here about 1813.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Darlton is a parish and a village in the northern part of Nottinghamshire. The parish lies 127 miles north of London, 3 miles north-east of Tuxford, 6 miles south-west of the centre of Nottingham city, and 7 miles south-east of East Retford. The parish covered just over 1,500 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, from the A1 south out of Blyth, take the A57 east (left) at West Drayton about 5 miles to Darlton.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014. The graphics on this sign look suspiciously like the ones used on the Dunham village sign.
  • The parish is home to a very active Soaring Club with several different kinds of gliders.
You can see pictures of Darlton which are provided by:



John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72. described Darlton as:

Darlton, a parish in East Retford district, Notts; on an affluent of the river Trent, 2 miles NE of Tuxford r. station, and 7½ SE of East Retford. Post town, Tuxford, under Newark. Acres, 1,507. Real property, £2,671. Pop., 163. Houses, 39. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Dunham, in the diocese of Lincoln. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel.

Historical Geography

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





  • Kingshaugh House was a hunting lodge built to serve the eastern Le Clay division of Sherwood Forest. In an 1196 rebellion against King John the site was fortified with earthworks. A new lodge was built in 1211 and abandoned in 1217.
  • The present Kingshaugh House was built in the late 17th century as a farmhouse, using some stones from the older building.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK774736 (Lat/Lon: 53.253775, -0.841333), Darlton which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a classical white marble monument, on a grey stone backing, mounted on the north wall of the chancel.



Military Records

There are the 5 names listed on the War MemoriaI plaque:

  1. William CREE, pte. 6th Bn Border Regt.
  2. Arthur Selby JACKSON, 2nd lt. 9th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Inf.
  3. Harry LOBLEY, gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery
  4. John RUSHBY, pte. 1/7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
  5. Walter WOOD, gunner, 161st Bde Royal Field Artillery

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


Names, Geographical

The 1086 Domesday Book gives the name of this place as "Derluvetun," meaning ‘tun or farmstead of Deorlaf’. This was most likely the name of the Saxon tribe that had settled here.


Politics & Government

  • This place was for centuries a Chapelry, but was converted to a Civil Parish, probably around 1838.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish is governed by a joint Parish Council for Dunham on Trent with Ragnall, Fledborough, & Darlton.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here about 1765.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 126
1841 203
1851 185
1861 163
1871 173
1881 150
1891 139
1901 135
1911 125
1921 132
1931 113


  • The children of this parish attended school in Dunham parish.