"Hayton parish on the east side of the Idle, and intersected by the Chesterfield canal, comprises the hamlets of Hayton and Tilne, which contain 260 inhabitants, and 2610 acres of land, chiefly a strong clay soil, having abundance of gypsum underneath the hills, of which 775a 3r 31p are in Tilne; which is the only part of the parish mentioned in Doomsday Book, but the whole belongs to the Archbishop of York's fee of Sutton, commonly called the north soke of Southwell and Scrooby.
Hayton is a straggling village, pleasantly situated betwixt the canal and the Gainsboro' road, three miles N.N.E. from Retford. The church, dedicated to St Peter, is an ancient fabric, with a lofty tower and three bells; the living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £4 15s 5d, now at £152. The Archbishop of York is the patron, and lord of the manor, and the Rev. William Mee incumbent. The tithe was commuted in March 1844, on 1184a 1r 4p of land, for £264 10s to the late Hon. J.B. Simpson, and £14 to Robert Hartshorn Barber Esq., as impropriators. At the enclosure of the commons in 1769, land was alloted in lieu of the great tithes of the Commons to the impropriator Lord George Cavendish, who sold his estates here to R.H. Barber Esq. and others; Mr Barber being subject to the reparation of the chancel of the church; the present owners are Henry Bridgeman Simpson, R.H. Barber, H.C. Hutchinson, F. Fearnley Esq. and others, with several resident owners." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



In 1858, near Tiln, several human skeletons were dug up, appaently from an old unmarked cemetery.



  • The parish was in the Clarborough sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2413
1871 R.G. 10 / 3451
1881 R.G. 11 / 3300
1891 R.G. 12 / 2639

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The date of construction is given only as "a building of an early date".
  • The earliest historical references to the church appear in the late 12th century.
  • The window tracery and the ashlar-faced tower are mostly early 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1885.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.
  • Steven RUFFLES has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in on a clear and sunny day in November, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1664 for baptisms and 1655 for burials and marriages.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Retford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1869.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2014.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are within the parliamentary borough of East Retford, about 141 miles north of London, 3 miles north-east of East Retford and 8 miles south-west of Gainsborough. The parish covers just over 2,400 acres. The Chesterfield Canal passes along the west side of the village. Tilne is a hamlet in the parish about 1 mile west of the village.

See what you can find of the old moated castle that used to stand here. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Hayton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



Steve FAREHAM has a photograph of The King's Arms Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK729844 (Lat/Lon: 53.351472, -0.906292), Hayton which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a Portland stone obelisk in the churchyard of St Peter's Church, unveiled 5th January 1921, in memory of the men from Hayton and Tiln who died in the Great War.


Military Records

These are the villagers who died in World War One:

  • private Robert EMSON, 10th Bn. West Riding Regt.
  • lance corporal Cyril Whitworth PARKIN, 1st/8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters, son of John Charles and Sarah Annie PARKIN of Clarborough.
  • private Charles William TOMLINSON, 1st/4th Bn. West Riding Regt., son of John and Priscilla TOMLINSON.

Names, Geographical

Tilne is the only part of the parish mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the North Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • This place was also a part of the ancient Southwell and Scrooby Liberty.
  • Ias S. has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015. Stop in when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of Forth-coming events
  • You may contact the Hayton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT do family history searches for you.
  • The Parish Council website also includes newsletters for past months/years with photographs.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

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 1760.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 236
1831 256
1851 260
1871 252
1881 255
1891 252
1901 233
1911 205


  • A Parochial School was built here some time before 1881.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Former village school on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2014.