"HOLME, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; on the river Trent, adjacent to the Great Northern railway, 3½ miles N of Newark. Post town, Newark. Acres, 1,330. Real property, £1,912. Pop., 121. Houses, 26. The manor belongs to the Duke of Newcastle. Holme Hall was, in the middle of the 17th century, the residence of Lord Bellasis; and has, ever since then, been inhabited by the Wells family. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Langford, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £172. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge.
The church is ancient; consists of nave, chancel, and S aisle, with a tower; contains several very ancient monuments, one to Lord Bellasis, and some to the Bartons; and has, over its porch, "Nan Scott's Chamber, " to which a woman of that name fled from the great plague."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales." 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Kneesal 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 / 2474
1871 R.G. 10 / 3537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church is believed to have been constructed in the 14th century.
  • Over the church porch is a room called "Nan Scott's Chamber," where Nan Scott shut herself inside during the Great Plague of 1666. She is said to have survived the plague while most of the village died.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Nan Scott's Chamber on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • The church was in a dilapidated state in 1881.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Giles' Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1703.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Collingham.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1623-1843.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Holme is both a parish and a village on the east bank of the River Trent. The parish lies 128 miles north of London and 3.5 miles north of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers 1,128 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1133 trunk road north out of Newark-on-Trent for about 3 miles. Turn left (west) onto the county road that leads to Holme.
  • The village feast is held on the Sunday before September 19th.
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Historical Geography

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



  • Holme Hall was, in the middle of the 17th century, the residence of Lord Bellasis.
  • By 1869, the Hall was occupied as a farm house.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK803591 (Lat/Lon: 53.123035, -0.801515), Holme which are provided by:


Military History

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Holme had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion.

There is a single War Memorial plaque inside St. Giles Church dedicated to Herbert ("Bertie") Charles KEY, who died in France in September, 1917.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and hamlet of North Muskham in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • In 1600, the River Trent shifted its path, separating Holme from North Muskham.
  • In 1866, Holme was established as a separate Civil Parish.
  • This parish was in the northern division of the Thurgarton Wapentake (or Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • In March, 1884, this Civil Parish was enlarged by gaining a portion of Winthorpe Civil Parish.
  • The citizens of Holme have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but they hold periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political matters.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1861 121
1871 107
1881 127
1891 100
1901 100
1911 94
1921 73


  • The children of this parish attended school in North Muskham.