"Gedling Parish comprises the three townships of Gedling, Carlton and Stoke Bardolph, with a population of 2,922 souls and 4,490 acres of land.
Gedling is a small village with 402 inhabitants, situated 4 miles east-north-east of Nottingham, in a picturesque valley which opens into the vale of the Trent. It contains 1,626 acres of strong clay land. The Earl of Chesterfield is lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, and owns 785 acres. Earl Manvers owns 693 acres, and William Stamford Burnside Esq. also has an estate here. The latter resides at Gedling House, a beautiful modern mansion on a steep declivity overlooking the Trent. The rectory, before the dissolution of the abbeys, belonged to the monastery of Shelford, and also had a vicarage to which they presented. The rectory is valued in the King's books at £14 6s, and the vicarage at £6 16s 8d, now worth £1,075. It received at the enclosure in 1793 three large allotments of land in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Charles Williams is the incumbent.
The church, dedicated to All Saints, has a nave and side aisles, is neatly pewed and has an organ, erected in 1808. It has a handsome lofty spire and four bells. In the body of the church are several handsome marble tablets, one of which remembers the late William E. Elliott Esq., who died in January 1844. His kindness and benevolence knew no bounds, and the poor of the surrounding parishes have lost a tried friend. The poor’s land consists of 7a. 0r. 17p in Arnold, let for £l4.15s. per annum, and was purchased in 1735, with £122,10s. which had been bequeathed to the poor of tho whole parish ; who have also the dividends of £550 9s. 2d, consolidated 3 per cents. left in 1779, by Bishop Chenevix. Those of Carlton formerly had 20s. yearly’ out of the estate of the later John Aalin, who died in 1803, but the poor have lost their claim through the carelessness of a trustee, wno misplaced the title deeds. The feast is on the Sunday after All Saints, or on that day when it falls on a Sunday."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Carlton Free Library on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007. The Library is on Manor Road and is normally open 4 days per week. The Library has a Local History Collection that you may find very useful.

The Library at Nottingham will prove useful in your research.



  • Charles GERRING, "A History of Gedling, Notts," publ. 1908, Murrays Nottingham Book Company , ASIN: B00474RC1U .


Carlton Cemetery is on Cavendish Road.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Carlton Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Gedling Cemetery is a small cemetery on Arnold Lane. Alan MURRAY-RUST provides a photograph of the gates to the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.



  • The parish was in the Carlton sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 865
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2445
1871 R.G. 10 / 3495
1891 R.G. 12 / 2679

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints (officially "All Hallows Anglican Church").
  • The church was built in the 11th century, although older churches on the site date back to 678.
  • Some records refer to a parish church dedicated to St. Nicholas.
  • A clock was added to the church tower in 1864.
  • The church was restored in 1890.
  • The church seats 450.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Gedling Church Steeple on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007


Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558 and is in good condition.
  • The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has the Gedling Parish Register for 1601-1802 on microfilm 0503495.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gedling.
  • John MELLORS tells us: 23 Mar 1831: Fees to be paid by persons not resident in the parish of Gedling who wish to be buried in Gedling Church Yard:
A child under 7 years of age £1.1.0
From 7 to 14 £2
For grown up persons £5
Any person wishing to have a brick grave £1
For making a vault in the church £21
For putting a slab £5
All these fees to be paid to the Rector previous to the internment.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Gedling is a village, a township and a parish 123 miles north of London, about 4 miles east of Nottingham and 10 miles south-west from Southwell. The parish covers about 4,500 acres and includes the townships of Gedling, Stoke-Bardolph and Carlton.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Gedling is now a suburb of Greater Nottingham city.
  • Passenger rail service ceased in 1960.
  • There is bus service from Nottingham city centre.
  • Gedling House Woods is a small nature reserve tucked away behind the Carlton-le-Willows academy in Gedling village.
You can see pictures of Gedling which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



John SUTTON has a photograph of the miners' memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK617426 (Lat/Lon: 52.977207, -1.082567), Gedling which are provided by:


Military History

  • Colonel William Henry BLACKBURN lived in the Manor House in 1912. Apparently he emigrated to New York in the USA in December, 1919.
  • Lt-Col. W. H. BLACKBURN gave a Memorial Hall to the village in memory of the dead of The Great War. John SUTTON has a photograph of the Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.
  • In the church there is an alabaster tablet in the north isle. You can read more about the memorial at the Southwell Church History Project site.
  • The Traces of War website tells us that there are 8 Commonwealth war graves from World War II.

Military Records


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Thurgarton Hundred in the Southern division of the county.
  • In December, 1866, the Township of Stoke Bardolph was incorporated as a separate Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1935, the Civil Parish was abolished and all the land (1,918 acres) was amalgamated into Carlton Civil Parish.
  • In 1974, the parish joined the new Gedling Borough Council. You may contact the Gedling Borough Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Gedling Carlton StokeBardolph
1801 554 819 157
1841 411 2,014 216
1851 402 2,329 191
1881 506    
1901 785 10,386 213