EAKRING,; is an extensive village and parish, situated on a gentle acclivity, 4 miles S. by E. of Ollerton, comprising 710 inhabitants, and 2,397 acres of land; Earl Manvers and the Earl of Scarborough are the principal owners, there are also a few small freeholders in the parish. The two noble Earls are lords of the manor, and they each hold a court baron at Michaelmas.
The Church, which stands on an eminence, is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells; the roof of this venerable edifice was burnt down in 1837, but it was covered with slates at the expense of the parishioners the same year. The living is a rectory valued in the King’s books at £9. 16s Od.; now at £480. The Rev. Theophilus Sampson, the present incumbent, was presented to the living in 1830, by the Earl of Scarborough, and resides in an old rectory house near the east end of the church, The tithes were commuted in 1840, for £600., including a rent charge of £10. on the glebe.

WHITE's History, Directory and Gazetteer of Nottinghamshire, 1853.


Archives & Libraries

Although Eakring used to have its own Lending Library around 1910, it is now served by a Mobile Unit, route 10, which stops at the Savile Arms Pub on Mondays at 11am. Check the local newsletter for current schedules.

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Library at Southwell would also be a good resource.



  • The parish was in the Kneesall sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1851 H.O. 107 / 2135
1861 R.G. 9 / 2474
1871 R.G. 10 / 3536
1881 R.G. 11 / 3371
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709

Church History

  • There was a church and a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • There is no record telling us about this ancient Saxon church's history or construction.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew. We know that this dedication goes back to at least the early 13th century.
  • The current church was built in the Norman period (1066 to about 1400).
  • The church underwent extensive restoration in the early 1670s.
  • The church nave was widened in 1674.
  • The church roof burned down in 1837, but was replaced with slate that same year.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1881.
  • In 1886, the old parsonage house was torn down and new "Queen Anne" style house replaced it.
  • The church seats 188.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1626 for baptisms, 1563 for marriages, and 1621 for burials. Some of the early registers are hardly legible and are not bound together.
  • Online burials can be found at the St. Andrew's Churchyard site.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1758-1831.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1835, as did the Primitive Methodists in 1837.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish and village lie about 134 miles north of London and 6 miles north of Southwell. The parish covers almost 2,500 acres and includes the hamlet of Leyfields which is just north-northeast of the village and 3 miles south of Ollerton.

A small stream rises near the village and runs east to the River Trent. If you are planning a visit:

  • Visit the Eakring.org website.
  • Stagecoach East Midlands' bus route 28B terminates in Eakring from Mansfield.
  • By automobile, take the A6075 arterial road northeast out of Mansfield. At Ollerton, take the A616 southeast and at Wellow turn south (right) for Eakring.
You can see pictures of Eakring which are provided by:



John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72

"EAKRING, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; 4 miles SSE of Ollerton, and 5½ NNW of Southwell r. station. It has a post office under Newark. Acres, 2, 497. Real property, £3,260. Pop., 650. Houses, 139. The property is divided among three. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £480. Patron, alternately Earl Manvers and the Earl of Scarborough. The church is ancient. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Will Scarlet, the friend of Robin Hood, is said to have resided in Eakring."

Historical Geography

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



  • The webpage author has been advised by an anonymous source that there is no record of any plague outbreak at Eakring.
  • There is a Windmill tower on Wellow Road that was built in 1840. The tower is roughly a five storey structure. The sails were removed in 1912 and it was converted into a house in 1995.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK675622 (Lat/Lon: 53.152668, -0.9921), Eakring which are provided by:


Military History

May 1919, a war memorial cross was erected in St. Andrew's churchyard.  It is a Celtic Cross on a ‘rough-hewn’ inscribed stone base and it stands near the north west corner of the church and by the roadside . The inscription includes the names of those who served (27) and those who were wounded (5).

The Great War Bulletin for January 11th, 1915 tells us that a Belgian refugee family, the VERBUCK family, was settled into a cottage here, provided by Lord SAVILE.


Military Records

  1. private James Arthur LITTLE, 9th Btln. Royal Scots, son of James and Annie LITTLE, died 1918.
  2. private James OSBORNE, 10th Btln. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of John and Ellen OSBORNE, died 1917.
  3. private John Henry ROWLAND, 9th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, son of John and Charlotte ROWLAND, died 1915.

There are the men from World War I listed as killed on the western face of the memorial:

  1. A. BETTS
  2. William Henry CHERRY
  3. Harry JARVIS
  4. John Ira KEYWORTH
  6. James Arthur LITTLE
  1. Harry MOODY
  2. E. J. MORRIS
  3. James OSBORNE
  4. Lionel Vernon PACKFORD
  5. John Henry ROWLAND
  6. W. WYKES

If you know more about either BETTS, WYKES, LAUGHTON or MORRIS, please contact the web page administrator.

There were no Eakring losses in World War II.


Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old Scandanavian eik+hringr, meaning "ring of oak trees". It appears as Ecringhe in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Eakring Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the local Parish Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2013. Stop in when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events. Classes are sometimes held here on local history.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings every other Friday at 11am.
  • In 1770, Mr. FOSTER left £17 for the poor, which the overseers distributed as around 17s. yearly to each deserving poor person.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1831 598
1841 661
1851 710
1861 650
1871 540
1881 424
1891 390
1901 330
1911 331
1921 326
1931 643
1951 560
1961 601


  • There was a small school here in 1853, supported by subscription.
  • The local School Board built a school here in 1877 for the children of both Rufford and Eakring.
  • The National Grid's Learning and Development Centre opened here in 2012 to accept hundreds of apprentices and give them specialist training in substation technology.