"Hoveringham is a pleasant village and parish near the Trent, between Nottingham and Newark, five miles south by west of Southwell. Its parish comprises 408 inhabitants and 850 acres of land. Near the village there is a ferry across the Trent to Kneeton. In the reign on Henry III it was possessed by Hugh de Hoveringham, and afterwards passed to the Goushill family, by whom a great part of the estate was given to Thurgarton Priory, from which it passed to Trinity College Cambridge, which has since received other lands in lieu of the tithes. This parish was tithe free for upwards of 70 years until 1851, when four shillings per acre was laid on as tithe, but it is the opinion of all the freeholders that it is not legal. In 1795, many old writings and documents which were deposited in the church were destroyed by the great flood. It is supposed that thw writings belonging to the land which was set apart in lieu of the tithes were amongst them. Sir Richard Sutton, Bart., is lessee of the manorial rights, and of 647 acres of college land, which was held by the Cooper family, from the time of the Reformation till 1830. There are about 20 freeholders in the parish. The church is a small, ancient structure, dedicated to St Michael, and is in the patronage of the same college. It is a perpetual curacy, was valued at £60, and is annexed to that of Thurgarton." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Nottingham Library would also be a good resource.



  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 866
1851 H.O. 107 / 2134
1861 R.G. 9 / 2471
1871 R.G. 10 / 3533
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • There was a church with a priest here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1066.
  • This early church was replaced in the 14th century with a larger building.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The original church was one of the most ancient in the county. It was rebuilt, on the same site, in 1848. The style is early French Gothic.
  • The church seats 230.
  • The church has only had two or three services a month since 2012 because of diminished attendance.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1553 for baptisms, 1560 for marriages and 1567 for burials. The early registers are in bad condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1834.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here prior to 1869.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Hoveringham is both a village and a parish near the Trent River, about 5 miles south from Southwell, 1.5 miles east of Lowdham, 10 miles north-east of Nottingham and 140 miles north of London. The parish is between Nottingham city and Newark. The parish covers 934 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, The village is just off the old Roman Foss Way (now the A46 trunk road). But it is easier to take the A612 north out of Lowdham (or, starting further south, north out of Nottingham city) and at Gonalston, turn east (right) to Hoveringham.
  • At last report, there is no passenger rail service to Hoveringham.
You can see pictures of Hoveringham which are provided by:






Historical Geography

A yachting lake was established at the northeast end of the parish in the lowlands (a former gravel pit) next to the River Trent. Ian PATERSON has a photograph of the Lake with dinghies at Notts County Sailing Club on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

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



  • Roman pottery has been found in the parish.
  • The parish had a ferry crossing on the Trent River to Kneeston.
  • The Trent River flooded the parish in 1636 and again in early 1795.
  • Flooding continues to be a worry. The Trent overflowed again in 1997 and 2000. Check with authorities if you have any concerns during your visit.
  • The parish festival was held on the Sunday after Old Michaelmas Day (29th September)
  • Sand and gravel was quarried here for decades.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Water's Edge and The Old Elm Tree Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK698465 (Lat/Lon: 53.011267, -0.961116), Hoveringham which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Yachting Lake in Hoveringham parish is the site of two different Lancaster bomber crashes in 1945.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Hoveringham Lancaster Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • The Ham class minesweeper HMS Hoveringham was named after the village.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Hoveringham War Memorial in the church and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Churches History Project site. They are:

  1. Thomas Arthur DERRY, Notts and Derbys
  2. Walter HALE, Grenadier Guards
  3. William MOISEY, Notts and Derbys
  4. Richard Inger MOZLEY, Yorks and Lancs
  5. Leslie SADLER, South Notts Hussars
  6. Arthur Henry SHARP, Grenadier Guards
  7. Geoffrey SMITH, Notts and Derbys
  8. Harold Victor WALTERS, Notts and Derbys
  9. Frank WILCOX, Notts and Derbys

1939 to 1945

  1. Pte. George Samuel ALLWOOD, Northamptonshire Regt.
  2. Pilot Albert C. SUMMERS, Fleet Air Arm

The county also has a photograph of the Hoveringham church War Memorial and the list of names on it. See the Nottinghamshire county website.

Derek DYE has a photograph of a Lancaster memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Southwell division of the Thurgarton Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern section of Nottinghamshire.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1801 324
1851 408
1861 387
1871 331
1881 328
1891 384
1901 311
1911 359
1921 342


  • A National School was built here in 1851. This later became the Parochial School.
  • A Chapel School was built here in 1875 to hold 80 children.