"Edingley is a pleasant village and parish, three miles west-north-west of Southwell. Its parish comprises 381 inhabitants and 1,692 acres of land, which was enclosed in 1778, when allotments were made in lieu of tithes. It is in the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby. The archbishop is lord of the manor, and the chapter of Southwell are the appropriators and patrons of the perpetual curacy, which is valued in the King's books at £4, now at £80. A great part of the soil is copyhold or leasehold under them, and the rest belongs to a number of freeholders, the principal of whom are Mr Gunton, V.S. Burnell Esq., Mr John Hage, Mr Edward Cope, Mr George Pursey, Mr Samuel Ward, Mr John Alcock and the Rev. J. D. Beecher.
The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to St Giles. The chancel was rebuilt by Henry Machon Esq. of Gateford Hill, in 1844, when the church was thoroughly repaired at the expense of the parish. The Rev. James Francis Dimock is the incumbent. The Methodists have a chapel here, erected in 1838.
The Manor House is a very ancient building, situated near the church; it was formerly surrounded by a moat, and has a draw-bridge. The cotton mill, which has given employment to a great number of the villagers, was bought in 1837 by H. Machon, Esq., and taken down in 1842, previous to which it had been unoccupied several years. A feast is held on the Sunday after Old St Giles's Day. The school was endowed by John Lamb and Samuel Wright, in 1731, with a house and 5½ acres of land, to which 3a Ir. 22p. was added at the enclosure.
The poor have £14, 11s. yearly, arising from several benefactions."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Library at Southwell would be second on my list for libraries.



Jim THORNTON has a photograph of St. Giles Church Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.



  • 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 / 865
1861 R.G. 9 / 2470
1871 R.G. 10 / 3532
1891 R.G. 12 / 2707

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The date of construction is not revealed, but is quoted in Directories as "of very early date". There is no mention of a church here in the Domesday Survey, but it appears to be an early 12th century structure. It appears to be of Norman origin.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1844.
  • The church was largely rebuilt in 1890.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St.Giles' Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
  • Grahm HOGG also has a photograph of St.Giles' Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016.
  • James THORNTON has a photograph of the Church lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.
  • The church is part of the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date from 1581.
  • You can find an extract from the Parish Register , but it only covers 1638.
  • The London Family History Centre has film of the Bishop's Transcripts for 1623 through 1858.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists each had a chapel here in 1813.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Edingley is a village and a parish near the River Greet. It is 3.5 miles west of Southwell and 131.5 miles north of London. The parish covers 1,759 acres and includes the hamlets of Osmondthorpe and Greaves Lane.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The A1 motorway used to run through the village but a modern bypass now skirts the place.
  • Jim THORNTON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2007. You should drop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • Balderton Lake provides a place to relax and hosts a local fishing club.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016.
You can see pictures of Edingley which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Stop in at the Old Reindeer to chat up the locals.
  • Jim THORNTON has a photograph of the Old Reindeer on Geo-graph, taken in October 2006.
  • Graham HOGG also has a photograph of the Old Reindeer on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016.
  • The Edingly Cricket Club existed in the 1920s. Harry VERVET asks if your have any relatives in the Edingley C. C..
  • Jo TURNER has a photograph of an Iron Age Hut like the one her ancestors lived in on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK666558 (Lat/Lon: 53.09526, -1.006883), Edingley which are provided by:


Military History

In St. Giles Church, to the right of the blocked-up doorway in the north wall of the nave is a memorial to John TODER, who died in June, 1944.


Names, Geographical

Edward COMPTON tells us (August, 2017):

"On John Speed's county map of of 1610 the village is spelt Heddingley and on Robert Morden's map of about 1800 it is Heddingley again!
Oxford book of place names (qv) gives a Saxon origin 'Eddinga's lea'."

A. D. MILLS "A Dictionary of English Place Names," Oxford University Press, 1991, notes that in 1180 the name appears as Eddyngleia and notes the source as Old English.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • In March, 1884, this parish gave up 41 acres to enlarge Oxton Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Edingley Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to do family history work for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1778.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings every other Friday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 286
1841 429
1851 381
1861 390
1871 352
1881 297
1891 279
1901 250
1911 301


  • A Parochial School was built here before 1881.