"Misson Parish lies south of Finningley, on the north side of the Idle, bounded on the west by Yorkshire, and on the east by Lincolnshire, and is partly in the latter county, which is here so intermixed with Nottinghamshire, that the boundaries of the two counties are almost indefinible, from which circumstances the parish is supposed to have been called Misne or Myssen. It contains about 900 inhabitants and 5,783 acres of good sandy land, which was mostly enclosed in 1769, when 286a 2p were allotted to the vicar, in lieu of the small tithes, but the great tithes are still paid in kind, except on the old enclosures, which pay a composition of 2s 9d per acre. The Rev. Christopher Nevile is the improprietor and lord of the manor, and he and Tetley Maw Esq. are the principal owners, and most of the farmers are freeholders. The Lincolnshire part pays a modus of £5 9s 8d to the seigniory of Kirton, and is in the deanery and hundred of Corringham, but the land belongs to a number of freeholders.
Misson is a well-built village, on the north side of the Idle, over which there is a ferry, three miles east-by-north of Bawtry, and seven miles west of Stockwith-by-the-Trent, from which the Idle is navigable for small craft up to Bawtry. The church is a handsome building, with a nave, chancel, side aisles and tower, and stands in Nottinghamshire. The vicarage is valued in the King's books at £6 4s 4½d, but is now wort upwards of £359 per annum. It is in the patronage of the crown, and the Rev. William Thorpe is the incumbent. The vicarage is a neat house a little north-east of the church, and was rebuilt in 1852." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.

The Worksop Library is also a good trove of history records.



  • The parish extended the churchyard just prior to 1912 to include a public cemetery.
  • The cemetery was administered by the Burial Board of the Parish Council.
  • John SLATER has a photograph of the cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2015.


  • The parish was in the Bawtry sub-district of the Doncaster Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The date of construction is unreported, but pre-dates 1600.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1852.
  • The church was restored in 1882 and again in 1886.
  • The church tower was struck by lightning in 1894.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Steve FAREHAM has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The IGI for the parish covers the period from 1600 to 1843.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Retford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1897.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the original Wesleyan Methodists chapel on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.
  • The Primitive Methodists also built a chapel here.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Misson is a village and a parish in the very northern part of Nottinghamshire. The parish lies 151 miles north of London and 12 miles north of Retford and 3 miles east of Bawtry. The The eastern side of the parish is in the county of Lincoln and the Hundred of Corringham. The parish is bounded on the south and east by the River Idle. The parish is generally flat and low and has many cuts and drains though it. It covers 6,172 acres and includes the hamlet of Newington, about 1 mile west of Misson village.

The Idle River runs past the southern end of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A614 arterial road north-east out of Bawtry. Just before Austerfield, bear right (east) and follow the county road to Misson.
You can see pictures of Misson which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • In 1912, the parish held five public houses: The Angel P. H., the Odd Fellows' Arms, the White Horse P. H., the Ship P. H. in Newington and the Horse & Stag P. H. in Misson Springs.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the White Horse Inn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
  • The White Horse Inn on the High Street has its own Website, but no history. The pub claims 900 years of operation.
  • Here are the names of the owners/managers of the White Horse P. H. taken from various Directories:
Year Person
1832 John PARKIN, victualler & cattle dealer
1853 John PARKIN, vict.
1876 George HALLIFAX
1881 William OLDFIELD, carrier
1885 Henry WARDEN, victualler
1904 William JACKLIN
1912 William Forman WHITEHEAD


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK690949 (Lat/Lon: 53.446359, -0.962578), Misson which are provided by:


Military History

Inside St. John's Church there is a brass plaque War Memorial to 17 men from the parish who fell in the Great War.

Also mounted on the church wall is a War Memorial to Dennis HATFIELD who died in World War I.

Also in the church is a brass War Memorial plaque to Frederick LEES who died from illness contracted during the Great War.


Military Records

These are the 17 men from Misson who died in WW One:

  1. rifleman Osbourne ATKINSON, 16th Btln., Sherwood Foreters
  2. private Fred BINKS, 6th Btln., Liecs. Regt.
  3. private Ernest BUTROID, 8th Btln., North Staffs Regt.
  4. J. CLARK, unknown
  5. private William ENGLAND, 9th Btln., KOYLI
  6. private Marmaduke FLOWER, 16th Btln., The Queen's Lancers
  7. A. E. GATENBY, unknown
  8. private Dennis HATFIELD, 2nd Btln., KOYLI
  9. A. LEE, unknown
  10. C. MARSDEN, unknown
  11. private Richard MARSDEN, Sherwood Rangers
  12. private William MARSDEN, 2/7 Btln Sherwood Foresters
  13. private Harold MUMBY, 1/5 Btln. Lincs. Regt.
  14. private John NEEDHAM, QOWH (brother to Walter)
  15. private Walter NEEDHAM, 30 btln. MGC
  16. private John Thomas STANFIELD, 11 Btln. Sherwwod Foresters
  17. private Charles Thomas WARDEN, KOYLI

Names, Geographical

  • The village and parish name is often found spelled as Misne.

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 Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Misson Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they can NOT assist you with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw 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 1760.
  • About 1700, several small sums were left by Hill LEE, Thomas RICHARDSON, Robert DRURY and William HOPPERWHIT which amounted to just over £18 and 13 shillings, the interest of which was paid out in poor rates.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Doncaster Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 482
1841 850
1851 837
1861 803
1871 752
1881 683
1891 574
1901 608
1911 719
1921 714


  • A school was endowed here by Thomas MOWBRAY and John PINDER in 1693 and built here that same year.