"Halam is a pleasant and well built village and parish, at the foot of a lofty range of hills, 1½ miles west by north of Southwell. It is in the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby, contains 390 inhabitants, and 1,558 acres of land, enclosed in 1778, when allotments were made in lieu of tithes. The Archbishop of York is lord of the manor, but the principal owners are William Flint Esq., John Milward gent., Rev. Edward Walker Foottit, Sir Richard Sutton, Bart., V.S. Burnell Esq., Mr David Towle, Mr Samuel Hart, Mr John Barrow and Mr John Rick, who are mostly copyholders and leaseholders. There are also about 20 small freeholds, which are generally occupied by their owners. There was an ancient capital messuage and a good demesne, all freehold, the inheritance of Leek of Halam, of which family Adam Leek deceased 1673, son and heir of Herbert Leek, being left by his father in as much debt as this old seat was worth, and having married the heiress of Bollet de Osberton, removed thither, and sold his interest at Halam to Richard Lloyd Esq., who was high sheriff of this county in 1673. He built a large house of brick and stone, where he resided for many years."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Southwell would be a good resource.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Michael the Archangel churchyard (east end) on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.



  • 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 / 866
1861 R.G. 9 / 2470
1871 R.G. 10 / 3532
1881 R.G. 11 / 3368
1891 R.G. 12 / 2707

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel.
  • Construction on the present building clearly began in the 12th century.
  • The church was restored during 1884-89.
  • The Church is Grade I listed with English Heritage.
  • The church seats 179.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1560, but is illegible until about 1600. The period from 1709-1724 is incomplete.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1896.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Halam is a village and a parish on the high road from Southwell to Mansfield. The parish is 1.5 miles west of Southwell and 10 miles south-east of Mansfield. The parish covers 1,310 acres and includes the hamlet of Radley, 1.5 miles south of Hallam village.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, you can either take the high road west out of Southwell or take the A60 north out of Nottingham city, and take the A614 north-east off of that highway, and turn right onto the B6386, pass thru Oxton and, after about a mile, turn left for Halam.
  • There is bus service from both Nottingham and Mansfield.
  • It is clear from Richard VINCE's Geo-graph photograph, taken in May, 2016, that the villagers need someone creative and artistically talented to creat a Village Sign for them.
You can see pictures of Halam which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • A popular spot for local news is the Waggon & Horses Public House, originally built in 1752.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Waggon and Horses on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • These are the names associated with the Waggon & Horses in various directories:
Year Person
1853 Wm. Bell, Vict.
1881 William LAMB
1891 Thomas KIRK
1912 Thomas FOSTER, blacksmith
  • The Waggon has lost its horses. Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph or the renamed "The Waggon" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Late 18th century Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK678544 (Lat/Lon: 53.082526, -0.98926), Halam which are provided by:


Military History

  • A window in the church is dedicated to James Sidney STUBBS, who was killed in World War I on 21 October 1918.
  • In the early hours of Saturday 10th April 1943 Lancaster ED823 belonging to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit (H.C.U.) took off from RAF Winthorpe, near Newark for a night navigation training flight. At 01.25 shortly after take-off, the aircraft crashed in Halam, just off School Lane, just eight miles from the airfield.
  • A commemorative tree was planted in the churchyard for World War II.
  • A World War I memorial at Halam School can be seen on the Parish Council website (See Politics, below).
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the World War I memorial at Halam School on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

Military Records

These are the men from the parish who gave their lives in World War One (from the Halam School Memorial Plaque):

  1. John BARKER
  2. John CLARKE
  3. Seth HURT
  4. James Sidney STUBBS

These are the airmen from the Lancaster ED823 plane that crashed in Halam:

  1. Flight Sergeant Leonard Wentworth LEAN, RAAF
  2. Sergeant Frank DUNKIN, RAAF
  3. Flying Officer Edward LAMBERT
  4. Sergeant Henry Utley OXSPRING
  5. Sergeant William Shearer L. GRAHAM
  6. Flight Sergeant Raymond David LEWIS, RCAF
  7. Sergeant William George STEPHENSON

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Southwell parish in Nottingham county. It was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in the early 1800s.
  • This parish was in the southern division of the county in the Thurgarton Hundred or Wapentake.
  • You may contact the Halam Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings.
  • In 1771, Mary STURTEVANT, of Newark, left about £230, a portion of which was for the poor.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1778.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.
  • In 1869, William FLINT left £200, the interest from this was for the poor.


 Year Population
1801 284
1821 310
1841 411
1851 390
1871 327
1881 290
1901 255


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the village Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

And Andrew BARNES has a photograph of the C of E Primary School Entrance (covered in snow) on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2010.