Markham Clinton


"MARKHAM (WEST), or MARKHAM-CLINTON, a village and a parish in East Retford district, Notts. The village stands 1½ mile NNW of Tuxford, and 2¼ NW of Tuxford r. station. The parish contains also the hamlet of Milton, and comprises 940 acres. Post town, Tuxford, under Newark. Real property, £1,475. Pop., 193. Houses, 41. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Newcastle. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Bevercoates, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £254.* Patron, the Duke of Newcastle.
The old church is a small building, not in use. The new church was built in 1833, after designs by Smirke; is in the Doric style, with portico and octagonal tower; and includes the family burying-vault of the Duke of Newcastle. There are a national school, and charities £17. Sir John Markham, Lord Chief Justice in the time of Edward IV., and whose tomb is in the church of East Markham, was a native."
[John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Church History

  • There was a church in this place at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey, although the book does not specifically say that.
  • Roman shards have been found in the floor near the altar, confirming a Saxon origin for the church.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church chancel was in a state of decay in 1603.
  • The church structure was in poor shape in 1881 and seldom used. The churchyard, however, was still in use for burials.
  • In May, 1824, the Archbishop of York granter permission to take the old church down and build a new one in a better location.
  • The Duke of Newcastle, at his own cost, had new church was erected in 1833 some 800 yards away from the Old Church, although the old church was left standing.
  • The new church seats 210.
  • On 28 October 1949 the ancient church re-emerged as the parish church. The "new" church remained as the Mausoleum for the Duke's family and is now in the Churches Conservation Trust. The Mausoleum remains the burial ground for parishioners.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints' Churchs on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1650.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1626-1838.
  • The church was in the rural2 deanery of Tuxford.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

West Markham or Markham Clinton is a village, a township and a parish 2.5 miles west of Tuxford, 5 miles of East Retford and 140 miles north of the city of London. The parish borders on the River Idle and covers 1,033 acres. The parish includes the hamlet of Milton (Milneton) on the east bank of the River Idle.

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  • The A1 motorway used to run through the village but a modern bypass now skirts the place.
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Historical Geography

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Military History

There is no War Memorial in the church.


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 South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 46 acres annexed from Tuxford Civil Parish.
  • 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 Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Retford petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 176
1811 181
1841 191
1861 193
1871 171
1881 165
1891 160
1901 158


  • A Parochial School was built here before 1869 by the Duke of Marlborough.