"Kirklington is a rural village and parish, on the north side of the little River Greet, in the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby, three miles north-west by north of Southwell. It comprises 276 inhabitants and 2,146 acres of land, consisting chiefly of a strong, clayey soil, with a portion of sand near the forest, and is of the rateable value of £2,020. Major-General John Whetham is lord of the manor, and owner of all the land, except Belle Eau Park, 1½ miles north-west of the village, containing 327 acres, which belongs to Earl Manvers. This ancient farm house in the park was formerly surrounded by a double moat, the remains of which are still visible. Kirklington Hall, the beautiful seat of Major-General John Whetham, is situated a little north of the village, on the western declivity of a gentle eminence. It is delightfully embosomed in woods and thriving plantations, and bounded in the distance by fine eminences, which succeed each other in pleasing order."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Southwell would be a good resource.



Graham HOGG has a photograph of St. Swithun's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.



  • 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3533
1881 R.G. 11 / 3370
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Swithin (spelling variations abound!).
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The brick western tower was added in the early 17th century.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1847.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1873-74.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Swithin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1578 for baptisms, 1605 for marriages and 1617 for burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish, township and village lie 3 miles northwest of Southwell and 8 miles northwest of Newark. The parish covers about 2,000 acres and includes several mineral springs.

The village sits on the north side of the little River Greet. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A617 west out of Newark toward Ollerton. Just over a mile past Hockerton you will be driving through Kirklington.
  • Steven FAREHAM has a photograph of the Watch for Giant Ducks sign in Kirklington on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
You can see pictures of Kirklington which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Kirklington Mill on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.



  • Kirklington Hall, built in 1779, is just north-east of the village.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Kirklington Hall, east front on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK677577 (Lat/Lon: 53.112198, -0.990059), Kirklington which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a brass plaque mounted on the churchwall of the parish church.


Military Records

These are the villagers who died in World War One:

  • Private John William BAXTER
  • Sergeant Frederick Coulam HANDLEY
  • Private Jonas PATTLE
  • Private Thomas STUBBINS
  • Private G. WRIGHT

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Southwell division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Kirklington village hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014. Stop by when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.
  • 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.
  • In 1780, Winifred ARTHUR left £30 to generate interest which would be given to the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 140
1841 280
1861 241
1871 205
1881 220
1891 168
1901 182
1911 218
1921 226
1931 227


  • A School was built here in 1840 by Major-General John WHETHAM.
  • In 1912, the average attendance at the school was 44 children.