"Finningley Parish forms the northern portion of the county. It stretches northward from the Idle, betwixt Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, within which latter county a large portion of this parish is comprised. It is divided into the three townships of Finningley, Auckley and Blaxton, which contain 6,056 acres of rich sandy soil. The waste lands were enclosed by an act passed in 1771, and in 1778 an allotment of 1,156 acres was awarded to the rector, in lieu of all the tithes, except those paid for 300 acres which had no common right, and which still remain titheable. William Hall, in 1668, left 10s yearly out of two acres in Blaxton fields, to the poor of Finningley parish. In 1672, Richard Metcalf gave to the poor of Finningley township two acres, which at the enclosure in 1774 were exchanged for 1a 3r 18p in the Mill Field. In the 28th year of Charles II, John Tuke gave to the poor of Auckley two acres, which at the enclosure were exchanged for 1a 2r 4p. Auckley has also 6s 8d yearly, out of land which formerly belonged to William Ramsay, the Poor's Close and the Town Close, containing 7a 3r 34p, which was awarded at the enclosure, and is placed to the poor rate account. Sarah Wood left 2s 6d yearly to Finningley, and the parish received 10s yearly from the overseers of Auckley, as interest of £10, left by an unknown donor. About half an acre of land in Blaxton belongs to the poor.
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Bawtry sub-district of the Doncaster Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 3522
1871 R.G. 10 / 4723
1881 R.G. 11 / 4695
1891 R.G. 12 / 3867

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and Saint Oswald.
  • There has been a church here since Saxon times.
  • The date of construction is unreported.
  • The church tower was built between 1080 and 1090.
  • The church was repaired around 1833.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1557.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Retford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1838.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Finningley is a village and a parish with three townships; Finningley, Awkley and Blaxton. Blaxton is wholly in the West Riding of Yorkshire, And Awkley is mostly in the same West Riding of Yorkshire. The rest is in Nottingham. The parish lies 151 miles north of London and 7 miles south-east of Doncaster and 4 miles north of Bawtry. The parish covers 5,970 acres.

The Idle River runs past the southern end of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A614 arterial road north-east out of Bawtry. Just before Austerfield, bear right, east, and follow the county road to Misson.
  • There is a railway running through the parish, but passenger service ceased in 1961.
  • You might enjoy a visit to Finningley dot Org to familiarize yourself with the parish.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the village green on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
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Historical Geography

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



  • Admiral Martin FROBISHER of Queen Elizabeth's Navy was born here around 1537.


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Military History

  • The Royal Flying Corps established an airfield here in 1915 to protect Sheffield from Zeppelin raids.
  • In 1935 the RAF refurbished the field in expectation of war.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Leon's Bus Depot on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • During the Cold War, Vulcan bombers were stationed here.
  • In 1996 RAF Finningley was closed.
  • Three years later the land was purchased and the field became part of Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of Red Arrows at Robin Hood Airport on Geo-graph, taken in September 1982.
  • Above the altar in the parish church is a stained glass window which is a tribute to those who served in World War I and the 22 men who did not return. The 22 who fell are listed on a brass plaque on the wall.
  • In the churchyard extension there are 44 Commonwealth War Graves from World War II.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • Finningley township is within the parliamentary borough of East Retford.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • Blaxton, being in Yorkshire, was in the ancient Starfforth and Tickhill Wapentake and partly in the Soke of Doncaster.
  • The Civil Parish of Finningley was abolished in 1974.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1774.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Doncaster Poor Law Union.


 Year Finningley Auckley
1801 292 137
1851 404 100
1861 434 -
1871 415 -
1881 376 -
1891 328 -
1901 352 95
1911 337 -
1921 400 -


  • A National School was built here before 1869.