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Archives & Libraries

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

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Cemeteries

Alex McGREGOR has a photograph of St. Peter's church graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

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Census

  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2415
1871 R.G. 10 / 3453
1881 R.G. 11 / 3302
1891 R.G. 12 / 2640
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Church History

  • The church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
     
  • The church was built in the 12th century and was expanded in the 14th century.
     
  • The church was restored and reseated in 1885.
     
  • The church seats 100 people.
     
  • The church is a Grade 1 listed building by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
     
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.
     
  • Richard CROFT also provides a nice interior view on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.
     
  • Steven RUFFLES also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017.
     
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Church Records

  • The church registers date from 1566 and are in good condition.
     
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1567-1837.
     
  • To see a list of the Incumbant Rectors of the parish church, visit the Southwell Church History Project Rector List.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1871.
     
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Civil Registration

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

This village and parish are about 3 miles north of Tuxford and 4 miles south-east of East Retford. The parish covers 2,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is just north off of the A52 trunk road, heading east out of Nottingham.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
     
  • Andrew HILL has a close-up photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.
     
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus 56 service.
     
You can see pictures of Headon which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Headon 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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History

Mesolithic and Neolithic people left behind flint tools — a Bronze Age burial mound lies on the outskirts of the parish.

The many pieces of Roman pottery found in the fields prove that there was a settlement here in Roman times.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK748770 (Lat/Lon: 53.284704, -0.879497), Headon which are provided by:

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Military History

There is a War Memorial inside the parish church fixed to the south wall. It is a wooden board with black lettering and gold embellishments. A transcription of the inscription can be found at the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website. "Twenty men served and returned and four died."

A portion of the parish, north out on Lady Well Lane near Nether Headon, was used for a Prisoner of War Camp during WW2. The water tower still stands and some of the old huts have been converted to industrial usage. Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Headon Camp Industrial Estate on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.

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Military Records

There is a Comonwealth War Grave in the churchyard for Corporal George WHITE of the Labour Corps, son of Thomas WHITE, a native of Retford, and Lucy COOK who married at Retford in 1874. George was their youngest son, born in 1889. He married in 1915 to Lilian STIMSON from Headon.

The other men who died were:

  1. Harry Hunt
  2. Samuel Jackson
  3. Ernest Ward, stoker 2nd, HMS Victory II

The complete list of names on the memorial can be found at the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website. These are the men who returned alive:

  1. Sergt. J. T. JACKSON. D.C.M. CROIX de GUERRE. MONS STAR.
  2. Pte. G. W. BIRKETT
  3. Pte. J. BOOTH. M.M. MONS STAR.
  4. Pte. J. J. BRAILSFORD
  5. Pte. C. W. DENMAN
  6. Pte. T. DENMAN
  7. Pte. H. DUNSTAN
  8. Lce. Cpl. R. HEATON
  9. Stoker Charles E. HILTON. R.N. 1915. STAR.
  10. Pte. H. HILTON
  11. Pte. Thomas HILTON
  12. Pte. J. HUNT
  13. Pte. R. HUNT
  14. Pte. F. JACKSON
  15. Gunner C. SCRIVENER
  16. Pte. J. W. B. STARR
  17. W/T. E. STIMSON. R.N.
  18. Lce. Cpl. W. STIMSON. 1915. STAR
  19. Pte. A. E. TAYLOR
  20. Cpl. John W. TAYLOR
  21. Pte. H. A. THOMPSON
  22. Gunner H. TURVER
  23. Sapper J. E. VERNAL. 1915. STAR.
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Names, Geographical

The village name was often spelled as "Hedune" in old records.

The Anglos-Saxon name of “heah dun” means High Hill.

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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 ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
     
  • Although officially "Headon", the parish is also known as "Headon-cum-Upton".
     
  • The local parish council is a joint body for Headon cum Upton, Grove and Stokeham Parishes.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.
     
  • John SLATER has a photograph of the Headon cum Upton Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016. Stop in when the hall is open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Population
1801 278
1841 269
1871 231
1881 224
1891 218
1901 196
1911 186
1921 194
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Schools

A school was erected here in 1899 to hold 60 students. Average attendance around 1912 was 28.