"Kneesall Parish comprises the three lordships of Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton, the latter of which is in the South Clay division of the Bassetlaw Hundred. Kneesall is a considerable village, situated on a gentle declivity on the Newark and Ollerton Road, nine miles north-north-west of the former, and four miles east-south-east of the latter, and has within a few years been considerably improved by the building and rebuilding of several neat houses. It contains 382 inhabitants and 2,197a 0r 28p of land, of the rateable value of £1,993 13s 6d. Earl Manvers is the lord of the manor and owner, with the exception of about 50 acres in small freeholds, and a small portion of copyhold held under the Chapter of Southwell, on small certain fines, and a court is held at Michaelmas. The church, dedicated to St Bartholomew, is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £10, now £150 10s 0d, having been augmented by a grant from Queen Anne's Bounty, and has a curacy of Boughton annexed. It is in the patronage and appropriation of the Chapter of Southwell, under whom Earl Manvers is lessee, and the Rev. John Chell A.B. is the incumbent. The church is an ancient structure with nave, chancel, side aisles, tower and tree bells, and is about to undergo considerable repairs." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Library at Ollerton would also be a good resource.



  • The parish was in the Kneesall 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 / 3536 & 3538
1881 R.G. 11 / 3371
1891 R.G. 12 / 2709

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
  • The church appears to be a 14th century structure.
  • The church tower was added circa 1475.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church tower was repaired in 2009.
  • Neal THEASBY has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.
  • Christine HASMAN also has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1682.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here, which they rebuilt in 1875.
  • Geoff DUNN has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel in Ompton on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Kneesall is a village and a parish that sits in the east of Nottinghamshire, about 9 miles north-west of Newark on Trent and 4 miles south-east of Ollerton. The parish covers 3,360 acres and includes the townships (lordships) of Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton (or Almpton). Ompton is in the Bassetlaw Wapentake. Laxton parish lies to the north-east.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A616 arterial road south-east out of Ollerton. The road passes through the centre of Kneesall.
You can see pictures of Kneesall which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • James HILL has a photograph of the Angel Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the A616 through Kneesall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK703642 (Lat/Lon: 53.170281, -0.9498), Kneesall which are provided by:


Military History

  • Inside the church there is a memorial to the two CHELL brothers who died in World War I. Harold died in 1915 and Alfred died in 1916.
  • There is a large War Memorial cross at the edge of the churchyard.
  • There is a large glazed War Memorial tablet that was placed in the church in 1918.

Military Records

These are the villagers who died in World War One:

  1. Private Alfred Henry CHELL
  2. Lieutenant Harold CHELL
  3. Corporal John Henry FOSTER
  4. Private George GRATTON
  5. Private Walter GRATTON
  6. John HALL
  7. Private Albert Edward HAZZARD
  8. Gunner Wallace PAULSON
  9. Private Alfred WALKER
  10. Private John WOMBELL

Wallace PAULSON was on the cruiser HMS Natal  when she exploded and sank on 30 December 1915.

According to the Newark Great War Bulletin for 16 August 1915, the parish vicar's son, Lieut. Harold CHELL of the 8th Royal Fusiliers died of wounds on 10 August 1915. He had been a medical student before the war.

The Newark Great War Bulletin for November 8th 1915 tells us that Albert HAZZARD, 20 years old, 8th Sherwood Foresters, had been shot and killed in a freshly-captured German trench.


Names, Geographical

The parish has, in the past, been given as "Kneesale" and "Chenesale".


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the northern division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • Ompton is in the Bassetlaw Wapentake.
  • The parish council is formally: The Kneesall, Kersall and Ompton Parish Council. You may contact them regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the old Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014. You may wish to stop by the new Community Center to ask for a 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 Newark petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1778.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Kneesall Kersall Ompton
1801 368 50 69
1851 382 109 109
1861 360 83 -
1881 400 59 58
1901 250 57 55


  • A National School was built here in 1842 for 120 children, funded by the Earl Manvers.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the modern primary school on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.