"Kirton is a very pleasant little village and parish, situate at the foot of a steep and well wooded declivity, 3 miles E. by N.E. of Ollerton. Its parish contains only 195 inhabitants, and 965 acres of land, of the rateable value of £1,092. Sir Henry Fitz Herbert, Bart., is tbe principal proprietor, but the Earl of Scarborough is lord of the manor, owner of about 50 acres, aud holds a court in the village at Michaelmas. There are also a few small freeholders. An excellent spring of water rises out of the hills at the east end of the village, which formerly turned a water mill, which stood in the parish.
The Church is an ancient fabric, dedicated to the Holy Trinity; it has a chancel, north aisle, and lofty tower with one bell, and the north aisle was repewed, and other reparations took place a few years ago, at the expense of the late H. G. Knight, Esq. The living is a rectory, valued in the King’s books at &7. 14s. 9&fract;12d, now at £257., and is endowed with 50 acres of old glebe, and about 131 acres allotted at the enclosure in 1822, in lieu of all the tithes. The Duke of Newcastle is the patron, and the Rev. Cornelius Thompson, B.A.: is the incumbent, who resides at a handsome rectory house, built in 1822, at the east end of the village. In 1843; some sacrilegious thieves broke into the church, and carried off the communion plate and surplice; and in about a fortnight after this, a second visit was paid to the sacred edifice, and one of the bells, which had been broken, was taken by these high mettled thieves. The Wesleyans have a neat chapel, built in 1841. A daily school is about to be established. The feast is held on the Sunday after Whitsuntide."

[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

You have a number of Libraries to provide help in your search.

  1. The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.
  2. The Ollerton Library is another good choice.
  3. The Mansfield Library would also be a good resource.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.



  • The parish was in the Kneesal sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1871 R.G. 10 / 3538
1881 R.G. 11 / 3372
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church was restored in 1865.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of Kirton Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1680.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1771-1838.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel in the village, built in 1841.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Kirton is a village and a parish which lie about 3 miles southwest of Tuxford. The parish covers almost 1,100 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK690690 (Lat/Lon: 53.21359, -0.968209), Kirton which are provided by:


Military History

The parish was used to house prisoners during World War Two. Steve FAREHAM has a photograph of the Nissen Huts from the POW camp on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009. Some place the camp in Boughton parish to the West, but it was physically in Kirton.

There is a Roll of Honour plaque mounted in the church listing the parishioners who served in World War One.  Only two men on the list died during the war. Sources are conflicted over the toatl count listed.


Military Records

Two men listed on the roll of Honour and reported as killed are:

  1. W. F. (possibly Walter Frederick) MEE
  2. G. H. (Bertie) SEARSON, Bertie has a Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard.

Names, Geographical

  • The name means "village with a church." It appears as Chirchetune in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it 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.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to help 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 at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1822.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 172
1841 265
1851 195
1881 126
1891 119


The children of Kirton attended school in Boughton parish.