East Stoke


"East Stoke is a pleasant village on the south bank of the Trent, and on the Roman Fosseway, four miles south-west of Newark. It contains 408 inhabitants and 1,580 acres of land, exclusive of Newark castle liberty, which forms a part of its township, and contains 104 acres. Its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction includes Elston Chapel, and the parochial chapelries of Coddington and Syerston. Stoke Hall is a large handsome mansion, overlooking the vale of the Trent, with extensive pleasure grounds and picturesque scenery. It is the seat of Sir Robert Howe BROMLEY, Bart., who is the principal owner and lord of the manor.
The church stands on an eminence near the Hall, and is dedicated to St Oswald. It has a prebendal stall in Lincoln Cathedral occupied by the chancellor of that church, who has the appropriation of the rectorial tithes and patronage of the vicarage, and the Rev. Henry DALE M.A. is the incumbent. The living is valued in the king's books at £8 13s, now £372. The tithes were commuted at the enclosure for about 250 acres of land. The church is a neat edifice with nave, chancel, and tower with four bells. the vicarage is a neat house, a little south of the village. There was anciently an hospital dedicated to St Leonard, for a master, chaplain, brethren and sick persons. A day school was established in 1847 by Sir Robert and Lady BROMLEY, and is chiefly supported by them, but the children of the labouring classes pay 2d, those of farmers and tradespeople 3d, and children requiring a more extended education 6d per week. John LIGHTFOOT D.D., a celebrated Hebrician, was born here in 1602 and died in 1675."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Note: Sue CRAWFORD advises that John LIGHTFOOT, noted above, was actually born in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Louis MILLS notes that his death in 1675 would have been in Ely, Cambridgshire, according to Wikipedia.


There is an East Stoke in Dorset county as well. Make sure that you are researching in the right county.


Archives & Libraries

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 Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 867 & 868
1851 H.O. 107 / 303 - 309
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 1995
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Oswald.
  • The church was originally built in the 13th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1738.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1873-74.
  • The church seats 70.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Oswald's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538 for all entries.
  • The I.G.I. does not include entries from this parish.
  • The CD-ROM from the Notts Family History Society does not include entries from this parish.
  • The Notts Archives Office hold copies of the register for 1538 - 1966.
  • The Society of Genealogists hold copies for 1538 - 1901.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This small village and parish are about 6 miles south-west of Newark on Trent. The River Trent forms the north-west border of the parish. The parish covers 1,687 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village sits astride the A46 trunk road (the Fosse Way) north out of Bingham.
You can see pictures of East Stoke which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • In June, 1487, the Battle of Stoke Field was fought here. It was the last battle of the War of the Roses.
  • The Battlefields Trust has more information about the battle.
  • In the year 1646 the village was devastated by a terrible plague which killed 159 people over an eight month period.
  • In May 1902, Lord Julian PAUNCEFOTE, G.C.B., Ambassador to the United States, died in Washington, D.C. His body was brought to East Stoke and interred in the churchyard.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Pauncefote Arms public house on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.


Stoke Hall is currently available as a wedding venue. Stoke Hall is owned by Bryan and Diane Ansell.



  • The National Grid Reference is SK 7545.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK748450 (Lat/Lon: 52.997112, -0.886955), East Stoke which are provided by:


Military History

From the Battlefields Trust website: "The battle of Stoke Field was fought on the morning of the 16th June 1487. The Yorkist army, under the command of the Earl of Lincoln and Lord Lovell, deployed in an advantageous hilltop position to the south west of the village of East Stoke in Nottinghamshire and there they awaited the far larger royal army of Henry VII. By 9:00am, after marching eight miles that morning from Radcliffe, the vanguard of the royal force, under the command of the Earl of Oxford, encountered the rebel army and deployed for battle."

Richard CROFT has a photograph of the East Stoke battlefield on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.

Arthur BROMLEY was born on 8 August, 1876, in East Stoke, the third son of Captain Sir Henry BROMLEY, Fifth Baronet. He was educated at Farnborough and entered the Royal Navy through the training ship HMS Britannia on 15 January, 1890. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in 1908 and to the rank of Captain in 1915.

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of East Stoke had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion. They were C. E. BURTON, a coachman, and A. TAYLOR, a gamekeeper.


Military Records

The Great War Bulletin for May 24th, 1915 tells us that East Stoke mourned the death of Lieutenant Herbert Assheton BROMLEY (“Jett”), youngest son of the late Sir Henry BROMLEY and his wife Ada. The Lt. died in the Battle of Ypers.

The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 28th, 1915 tells us that East Stoke's Major John H. BAILEY, who was the 44-year-old son of the late rector Anthony Winter BAILEY, was mentioned in dispatches for his heroism.

For a list of the names on the two War Memorial plaques in the church, see the Southwell Churches History Project site.

On the St OswaldMemorial plaque are the names of men who fell in the Great war:

  1. William Brooks Baker, Corporal, 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters
  2. Herbert Assheton Bromley, Lieutenant, Canadian Infantry
  3. Harold Cooper, Private, 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards
  4. James Percy Cupit, Private, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards
  5. George William Price, Able Seaman, HMS Queen Mary
  6. John Robert Smith, Lance Corporal, 4th Bn Canadian Infantry

There are three names from WWII in a small plaque below the memorial above:

  1. E. H. COOPER, RAF
  2. G. SNELL, Queen's Own N. Regt.
  3. H. R. HUMPHREY, Uoyal Corps of Signals

Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient Township in Nottingham county. It became a separate ancient parish, possibly in the 13th century and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • On 9 October 1877, the parish gave up 21 homes to enlarge the city of Newark upon Trent.
  • In 1884, a part of Fiskerton on the right bank of the River Trent was amalgamated with this parish.
  • The local Parish Council is a joint council for East Stoke with Thorpe.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark-on-Trent 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 Population
1801 293
1831 606
1841 645
1851 586
1871 231
1881 208
1901 331


In 1911, the parish had a public elementary school (mixed) that could accommodate 50 children, but only 36 were attending.