"Maplebeck is a small village, in a pleasant vale, 5 miles north of Southwell. It contains 162 inhabitants and 1,112 acres of land, exclusive of 14 acres of roads, of the rateable value of £1,163. The church, a small edifice, with a tower and short spire, is a perpetual curacy of the certified value of £68. The Duke of Newcastle is the patron, and principal owner and impropriator. The Rev. William P. Turton is the incumbent, and resides at the parsonage house, a handsome brick building, erected by the noble Duke about 3 years ago.
The Markhams had a big hall here, which was taken down in 1666. Sir Robert Markham, the father of Sir John Markham, Lord Chief Justice of England, obtained this lordship by marrying the heiress of Sir Nicholas Burdon, whose family had held it for many ages. but it was sold by Sir Robert Markham of Cotham, knight, to the Earls of Clare. A considerable portion of this village was given by the Burdons to Rufford Abbey, which with the manor and the Grange, was at the dissolution given by Henry VIII to the Earl of Shrewsbury. S.E. Bristow Esq. and Sir William Key own about 80 acres in the parish."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Library at Southwell 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.
1841H.O. 107 / 866
1861R.G. 9 / 2474
1881R.G. 11 / 3371
1891R.G. 12 / 2709



Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Radegund.
  • Radegund was a 6th century Thuringian princess who was canonized in the 9th century. She founded the Convent of Our Lady of Poitiers.
  • Reputedly the church was originally a chapel of the Knights Hospitalier.
  • Older records often give the dedication as being to St. John, and it is possible that the church was rededicated after an extensive restoration in 1898.
  • This church was consecrated in 1861.
  • The church is a Grade I structure with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Radegund's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.
  • Christine HASMAN also has a photograph of the Church of St. Radegund on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.
  • And Andrew HILL also has a photograph of the Church of St. Radegund on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1668 for baptisms, 1562 for marriages, and 1702 for burials. The registers are not in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1834.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1869.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Maplebeck is both a village and a parish about 7 miles north-west of Newark On Trent and 6 miles north of Southwell. The parish covers just over 1,190 acres of lofty hills.

The village is now part of the conurbation of Nottingham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to the A52 trunk road and turn east. At the second roundabout, you are at Bramcote. Exit to the right.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012. You should stop by and get a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013. You should lend your talents and artistry to creating a new sign.
You can see pictures of Maplebeck which are provided by:



John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72 tells us:

"MAPLEBECK, a parish in Southwell district, Notts; on an affluent of the river Trent, 4½ miles N by E of Southwell r. station. Post town, Newark-Acres, 1,136. Real property, £1,731. Pop., 136. Houses, 27. The property is divided among three. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £68. Patron, the Rev. W. P. Turton. The church is old; and consists of nave and chancel, with tower and low spire. Charities, £3."

Historical Geography

Chris MORGAN has a photograph of a Viewpoint and orientation table just south of Maplebeck on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. Please read the note on his photograph!



  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of The Beehive Pub on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.
  • Andrew Hill also has a photograph of The Beehive Pub on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • At last report, the Beehive was still open and still a great place to ask, "Does anybody know the HENFREYs?" These are the names associated with The Beehive in various directories:
1853N. HENFREY, vict. & butcher
1869Nathan HENFREY
1881Nathan HENFREY
1885John Thomas WRIGHT, cottager and victualler
1912Reuben WHITWORTH

Nathan HENFREY, above, was born in Maplebeck NTT about 1820. His wife, Augusta, was born in Denham, NTT, about 1836.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK711607 (Lat/Lon: 53.138719, -0.93861), Maplebeck which are provided by:


Military History

  • Maplebeck is a 'Thankful Village', having suffered no fatalities in World War One.
  • No one from the village died in World War two either, rendering this as a "Doubly Thankful Village".

Military Records

A Commonwealth Commission Grave in the western portion of the graveyard is that of Private Arthur WILLIAM of the Army Veterinary Corps. Although Private WILLIAM was born in Stragglethorpe in Lincolnshire, he married a Maplebeck girl, Ada, the daughter of Walter and Ann WHITE whose graves can be found nearby. It is not known whether Ada was living in Maplebeck when her husband died.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database, he is listed as Arthur Ernest WILLIAMS.


Monumental Inscriptions

In the chancel, there are three monumental slabs. The one nearest the altar states:

"In memory of Mary,
wife of James Key,
who died April 4th 1844,
In the 64rd year of Her age."



Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the Thurgarton Hundred or Wapentake.
  • The citizens of Maplebeck have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead, hold periodic Parish Meetings of all citizens to discuss divic and political issues.
  • 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.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.