"Hawton, 2 miles south-south-west of Newark, is a scattered village and parish pleasantly situated on the River Devon, comprising 227 inhabitants, and 2,150 acres of land, mostly belonging to Robert Holden Esq., of Nuthall Temple. The Duke of Newcastle and Thomas Scales have small estates here, which was soc to Newark, to which this parish adjoins, near the extensive linen manufactory called Hawton's Mills.
The church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the early style of English architecture, and contains some ancient monuments of the Molyneaux family, also a few handsome marble ones to the Holdens, whose family vault is here. In 1843 the chancel was thoroughly repaired, and a new roof added. The whitewash, which for many years had obscured and disgraced the rich decoration and beautiful carving was taken away. On the south side are three stone stalls, and on the north a lofty arch, having deep and rich moldings. Beneath is the effigy of a knight in armour. The rectory, valued in the King's books at £17 13s 4d, is in the gift of Charles Newdigate Newdegate Esq. The Rev. Pelly Parker M.A. is the incumbent. The tithes have been commuted for about £750."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Balderton sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1861 R.G. 9 / 2481
1871 R.G. 10 / 3544
1881 R.G. 11 / 3378
1891 R.G. 12 / 2715

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in in the 13th century.
  • The church tower was built in 1482.
  • The church was restored during 1880-87.
  • The church seats 154.
  • Christine HASMAN has a photograph of the Church of All Saints on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2004.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Church Records

  • Anglican parish register entries exist from 1564 and is fairly legible.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Newark.
  • The Family History Library has a microfilm of the Bishop's Transcripts for 1608 - 1862.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are near the River Devon (pronounced Deevon) only about 1.5 miles south of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers about 2,180 acres.

The River Devon (pronounced Deevon) flows just west of the village.

  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the Middle Beck on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.
You can see pictures of Hawton which are provided by:



John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72  described Hawton as:

"HAWTON, a village and a parish in Newark district, Notts. The village stands near the river Devon, 1½ mile SSW of Newark r. station; and was nearly destroyed during the civil war. The parish comprises 2,160 acres. Post-town, Newark. Real property, £4,768; of which £600 are in quarries."

Historical Geography

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





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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK788511 (Lat/Lon: 53.051361, -0.825882), Hawton which are provided by:


Military History

  • During the English Civil War (1642-1651), Hawton had a Roundhead encampment just west of the village standing against the Royalist stronghold in Newark.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of a Civil War Redoubt on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012. The Redoubt dates to circa 1651.
  • The Great War Bulletin for November 16th, 1914 tells us that the following men were selected as Special Constables for Hawton for the duration of the war: John ABRAHAM and Benjamin FARROW, farmers.
  • There is a War Memorial inside the church. It is a white plaque in a dark border. It has seven names from World War 1 and one from World War II.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Nottingham County Council site.

These are the villagers who died in World War One:

  1. private George William CARTWRIGHT
  2. private Charles CARTWRIGHT
  3. private Ernest CHILVERS
  4. private Henry GRAY
  5. private John Henry GRAY
  6. private Alfred LEADER
  7. private Thomas Archibald TAYLOR

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 April, 1935, this Civil Parish was reduced by 516 acres given to Newark-upon-Trent Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Serwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1801 107
1821 216
1841 240
1851 227
1881 286
1891 246
1901 242




A Public Elementary School was raised here in 1855 with room for 40 children.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former village school on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Sarah Jane SOWMAN was the schoolteacher here in 1911. She was 53 years old, born in Lambeth, Middlesex, and single. It appears that she died just after the 1911 census.