"Elston, 5 miles south-south-west of Newark, is a straggling village and parish, comprised of two irregularly built streets, containing 380 inhabitants and 1,491 acres of land, valued at £1,775 17s 4d, forming two manors, distinguished by the names of Church Parish and Chapel Parish, from the latter having a small ancient chapel annexed by East Stoke. Francis Darwin Esq., Sir Robert H. Bromley Bart., John Brockton and George Fillingham Esqs. are the principal owners, the former of who, is lord of the manor. Elston Hall, a handsome and commodious mansion, rebuilt a few years ago by the late W.B. Darwin Esq., at a cost of upwards of £11,000, is now occupied by John Thorpe Esq.
The church is dedicated to All Saints, and in 1837, W.B. Darwin Esq. expended the munificent sum of £2,000 in restoring and beautifying it, and it now forms an elegant edifice consisting of nave, chancel, two side aisles, and a lofty tower surmounted by four pinnacles. In the church are no less than fourteen marble monuments to the Darwin family, and also one in brass, to the memory of the above named gentleman, who died soon after the restoration of the church. The rectory is valued in the King's books at £9 8s 9d, now £300, and is in the gift of Francis Darwin Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. H. Robert Harrison B.D. The tithes were all commuted for 161 acres, 1 rood and 31 perches of land, in 1798. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. The former was built in 1815, and the latter in 1839. It also contains a lodge of Odd Fellows, and a sick club, which holds its feast on the Monday before June 24th."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • 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 / 862
1851 H.O. 107 / 2134
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3534
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church tower was built in the 13th century and appears to be the oldest part of the church.
  • The church was restored in 1827 and again in 1882.
  • The church was renovated in 1859.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the All Saints Church on Low Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1572 and is in good condition.
  • The church is currently in the Newark and Southwell deanery.
  • We have a List of Rectors of the church, along with their burial dates, provided by John MELLORS in 2013.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Erasmus Darwin Monument on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1872.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Elston Methodist Church on Low Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Elston is a village, a chapelry and a parish in the Southwell district of Nottingham. The parish lies on the Car Dyke, near the River Trent, and is 5 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent.

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Historical Geography

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



  • In 1912, Elston Hall was the residence of Col. Charles Waring DARWIN. You can read more about the DARWIN family at: Elston Heritage Project.


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Military History

The Great War Bulletin for August 31, 1914 tells us that Thomas HAGUES of Elston advised the men of the Sherwood Foresters how to conduct themselves in battle. Tom HAGUES died in Elston in 1924.

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Elston, J. T. HALLAM and E. HUNT, had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion.


Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard from World War I:

  1. L. H. MARTIN, priv., 5th Btn. South Wales Borderers, age 19, died 14 Oct 1917. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth MARTIN.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • In March, 1884, this Civil Parish gained the Elson Grange area from Syerston Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be herad in the Newark petty session hearings.
  • In 1744 Mrs. Ann DARWIN founded almshouses for four poor widows.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 394
1811 383
1841 259
1871 479
1881 453
1891 325