Holme Pierre Pont


"Holme Pierrepont Parish comprises the hamlets of Adbolton, Bassingfield, Holme, Pierrepont and Lamcote, with part of Gamston township, which is mostly in West Bridgford parish. It contains 174 inhabitants and 2,135 acres of land, stretching southward from the Trent to the Nottingham and Grantham Canal. The low grounds near river have a rich alluvial soil, and the higher parts have a good sandy clay. The whole has long been possessed by the Pierrepont family, from which it has the latter part of its name, and is now the property of Earl Manvers, who inherits the estates of the late Duke of Kingston, whose ancestor Henry Pierrepont obtained this parish in the reign of Edward I, by marrying the heiress of the Manvers family (hence the title of Earl Manvers).
Holme Pierrepont village occupies a picturesque situation on the south side of the River Trent, 5 miles east by south of Nottingham. Most of the farm houses here, and in other parts of the parish, are handsomely built, and the cottages have small gardens attached to them."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Nottingham will prove useful in your research.



Colin PARK has a photograph of the Lychgate at St. Edmund's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2018.

John SUTTON has a photograph of St. Edmund's Church graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.



  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • In November, 1883, the parish was reassigned to 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 / 2486
1871 R.G. 10 / 3549
1881 R.G. 11 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edmund King and Martyr.
  • The church was built in the 13th century.
  • The church was partially consumed by fire in 1877.
  • The church was restored in 1878-81.
  • The church was restored again in 1912 and modernized in 1960.
  • The church seats 120.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St Edmund King & Martyr Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.
  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.
  • The church at Adbolton was taken down in 1764.

Church Records

  • Anglican parish register entries exist from 1549.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Binham #2.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • In November, 1883, the parish was reassigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.

Description & Travel

This village, township and parish are on the south bank of the River Trent only about 5 miles east of Nottingham and 125 miles north of London. The parish covers about 2,130 acres.

Adbolton is a hamlet 2 miles west of the village. It was anciently a separate parish. Lamcote is a hamlet 1 mile to the east near Ratcliffe-on-Trent. If you are planning a visit:

  • This place is just south of the A612 as it passes south of Nottingham city.
  • It is also is just north of the A52 as it travels west from Radcliffe.
  • There is caravan parking just south of the village.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.
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Historical Geography

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



Holme pierrepont (French for "stone bridge") is the home for The National Water Sports Centre, built in 1970-71 on a former gravel works and required the excavation of one and a half million cubic yards of material. It covers 270 acres of parkland. It hosted the first National Rowing Championships in 1972.



  • Holme Pierrepont Hall is a Grade I listed Building with British Heritage. It was requisitioned for military purposes in both World Wars and left unoccupied between them.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of Holme Pierrepont Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2004.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of Holme Pierrepont Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK626392 (Lat/Lon: 52.946543, -1.069822), Holme Pierre Pont which are provided by:


Military History

  • Major James Thomas WIGHTMAN lived here from at least 1869 through 1892. The Major was born in Woolwich, Kent, and was Adjutant to the South Notts Yeomanry Cavalry (later called the Southern Notts. Hussars). He died in March, 1893 and is buried in the local churchyard.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the Church lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011. The gate commemorates all who served in the Great War. The lychgate is a Grade II structure with English Heritage.
  • John SUTTON also has a photograph of the War Memorial plaque on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.
  • During the Second World War Holme Pierrepont Hall was used as a base for training young soldiers of the 70th (YS) Sherwood Foresters.

Military Records

There are 20 names on the IWM list for War Memorial Lychgate plaque. 5 of them died during World War One, the other 15 survived:

  1. Brewitt, Joseph Rodgers, 8th Sherwood Foresters
  2. Brewitt, John William, private AIF
  3. Cresswell, G. R., R.A.V.C.
  4. Cresswell, Harold, R.F.A.
  5. Cursham, C., Lt. , 8th Sherwood Foresters
  6. Cursham, Frances George, major (buried in the churchyard)
  7. Hourd, Charles William, Army Service Corps
  8. James, Thomas William, private, East Lancs. Regt.
  9. Machin, Curtis John, 2nd So. Staff. Regt.
  10. Pell, E. H., Lt. 11th Hussars
  11. Pell, Harold Whitt, trooper, Life Guards
  12. Pell, Joseph William, Lt. 12th Sherwood Foresters
  13. Phillips, John Thomas, private, Manchester Regt.
  14. Saward, J. A., R.F.C.
  15. Saward, N. C., Lt. R.F.C.
  16. Simkins, A., Lt. R.F.A.
  17. Simkins, C., R.G.A.
  18. Simkins, H., R.F.A.
  19. Willatt, J., R.F.A.
  20. Willatt, W., R.F.A.

Monumental Inscriptions

The great attraction of the church is the array of monuments, mainly to the PIERREPONTs. These include:

  1. Sir Henry PIERREPONT (d1499), in full armour, a good alabaster, ’probably the best of its kind in the country’,
  2. Sir Henry PIERREPONT (d1615) husband of Frances Cavendish, Bess of Hardwick’s daughter,
  3. a large wall monument, with skull and crossbones for Princess Gertrude of Kingston (d1649),
  4. John OLDHAM, poet (d1683) - a tablet surrounded by swags, etc, as good as work by Grinling Gibbons,
  5. the Duke of Kingston (c1806) by Michael TAYLOR of York,
  6. Hon. Evelyn PIERPONT (d1802) by Flaxman,
  7. William SALTREND (d1811) profile of a woman reading, also by Flaxman,
  8. Lady Sophia PIERREPONT (d1823) by Pierre Bazzanti of Florence.

Names, Geographical

It is common to find the name rendered as "Holme Pierre Pont", or as two words "Holme PierrePont". This last version, two words, seems to be the accepted name today.


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 north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Holme Pierrepont & Gamston Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Ruscliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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 Population
1801 171
1821 205
1841 222
1851 179
1871 191
1881 221
1901 209

Probate Records

CURSHAM Francis George of The Firs Holme Pierrepont Nottinghamshire major in HM Army died 31 August 1918 at Aldershot Administration Nottingham 11 April [1919] to Henry Alfred CURSHAM insurance broker (father). Effects £908 3s. 9d.