"Hawkesworth, anciently called Hocheword, is a small village parish 4 miles north-east of Bingham, and 8 miles south-south-west of Newark. It was of the fee of Walter D'Ayncourt, and partly soc to Aslacton. It now contains 171 inhabitants, and about 800 acres of land, most of which belongs to the Rev. John Storer M.A., who is lord of the manor. Mrs Hunt is the patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £8 13s 9d, now £268, and is in the incumbency of the Rev. Geo. Hunt Smyttan B.A. At the enclosure (in 1761), 143 acres were allotted in lieu of tithes.
The church, dedicated to St Mary and All Saints, is a small building, with a brick tower. The chancel has been lately rebuilt, and contains some fine stained glass by Wailes of Newcastle."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Nottingham will prove useful in your research.

The Community Library at Bingham is also an excellent resource.



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 853
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary and All Saints.
  • The church is of Norman origin, founded in the 12th century.
  • Documents refer to an earlier church dedicated to Saint Edmund.
  • The church was almost completely rebuilt in 1851.
  • The clock was added to the tower in 1873 when the third bell was fitted.
  • The church seats 180.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary and All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.
  • Jonathan THACKER also has a photograph of St. Mary and All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.
  • J. THOMAS has a good photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1553.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) covers Hawksworth baptisms for the period 1765 - 1836. Marriages for the period 1813 - 1836 are also covered.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1883. That chapel has since been converted to a private home.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

The village stands in the Vale of Belvoir 4 miles north-east of Bingham, 9 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent and 125 miles north of London.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Start your visit in Nottingham and ask the local tourist office how to find Hawksworth.
You can see pictures of Hawksworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Hawksworth Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK752434 (Lat/Lon: 52.982676, -0.881368), Hawksworth which are provided by:


Military History

A World War One War Memorial is a marble tablet honoring the three lads from the parish who perished in the Great War. The inscription can be seen at the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project website.


Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Mary's churchyard for World War I:

  1. Albert Roland KERRIDGE, priv., 7th Btn. Norfolk Regt., age 22, died 18 Mar. 1919. Son of Rev. Albert Alfred KERRIDGE and Mrs. Evangeline KERRIDGE of Aslockton.

These are the villagers who died in World War One:

  • lance corporal George HOWARD
  • private Albert Roland KERRIDGE
  • private William Alfred KERRIDGE

Names, Geographical

You will often find the village and parish listed as "Hawkesworth" (with the extra "e") in older records.

Prior to 1700, you will likely find the name listed as "Hocheword".


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the eastern (or southern) part of the county.
  • In March, 1889, this parish was reduced by 56 acres given to Thoroton Civil Parish.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1761.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 154
1851 171
1861 176
1871 167
1881 158
1891 147
1901 173
1911 153
1921 135