"Kneeton, or Kneveton, is a small village and parish, occupying a commanding situation upon a lofy precipitous cliff on the south side of the Trent, 8 miles south-west of Newark. It contains 169 inhabitants and 990 acres of land, all belonging to the Earl of Caernarvon, except about 140 acres. A great part of the manor was given to Welbeck Abbey, but in the reign of Edward VI it was held of the King in capite by Sir Edward Molyneux, whose descendants resided here for many generations. The family mansion, however, was taken down in 1781, when their estates passed with their sole heiress to the Late Lord Howard, whose daughter, the Hon. Henrietta Howard Molyneux, was married in 1830 to Lord Porchester. Lord Caernarvon is lord of the manor, and patron of the living, which is valued in the King's books at £4 9s 4d (now £58), but has received three augmentations from Queen Anne's Bounty, two of which have been laid out in land, and the third, £400, is still in the augmentation office. The Rev. Richard R. Rawlins is the incumbent.
The church is a small fabric, with a tower and three bells, and contains several ancient monuments of the Story family. The view in the vicinity are beautiful and extensive, including a considerable portion of the picturesque vales of the Trent and Belvoir."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in 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
1851 H.O. 107 / 2139
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The date of original construction is unreported.
  • The church was restored in 1879 - 1880.
  • The church seats 100.
  • The church is a Grade II structure with English Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Church of St. Helen's tower and south porch on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • Tom COURTNEY also has a photograph of Church of St. Helen on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of St. Helen's Church interior on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1592, but the early years are in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Kneeton is a village and a parish on the east bank of the River Trent, across the river from Hoveringham, 5 miles north of Bingham, 8 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent and 5 miles east of Lowdham. The parish covers 983 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 trunk road out of Nottingham or Grantham. Turn north on to the A46 trunk road and proceed about 4 miles. The village of Kneeton will be on your left.
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Kneeton 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 SK711460 (Lat/Lon: 53.006603, -0.941854), Kneeton which are provided by:


Military History

There is a framed Roll of Honour on the north wall of the parish church nave.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bingham Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead have periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe 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 88
1851 109
1861 116
1871 117
1881 115
1891 115
1901 113
1911 113
1921 103


  • A parish school was built here in 1871.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of The old school on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012. The school has been long closed.