"Morton is a small village and parish, within the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby, 2½ miles south-east of Southwell. It contains 137 inhabitants and 500 acres of land, including a portion of 400 acres, which was an open field till 1839, when it was enclosed, two-thirds of which belong to Fiskerton, and one-third to Morton. It was of the fee of Walter de Ayncourt, and afterwards held by the Cressovers, by whom it was conveyed to Thurgarton Priory. After the Dissolution it was granted to Thomas Cooper Esq., from whose family it was bought, in 1846, by the ancestors of the present owner, John Pemberton Plumptre Esq., who is lord of the manor, impropriator, and principal owner of the soil, which is partly held under a leasehold tenure of the Chapter of Southwell.
The church, St Denis, is a small brick structure, and is a perpetual curacy united to Bleasby, the two livings being consolidated in 1841. The Prebendary of Dunham is the patron, and the Rev. Jonn William Marsh the incumbent, who also enjoys 45 acres of glebe. The tithes were commuted a few years ago for upwards of £70. In 1695, Richard Daybell left 50s yearly, for the education of four poor children of Morton and Fiskerton."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell 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 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3534
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis (spelling variations abound!), the patron saint of France.
  • There has been a church in Morton since medieval times.
  • The present church was built in 1758 (some sources give 1756).
  • The church was thoroughly repaired in 1890.
  • The church is a Grade II structure with British Heritage.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Denis Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • Richard VINCE also has a photograph of St. Denis Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church Hall, which used to be the school, on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1640 and is in good condition.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • There is a partial extract of the parish register for 1622-1623 at the Jim FISHER website.
  • The Family History Library has the Bishop's Transcripts for 1622-1843 on microfilm.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Morton is a village and a parish only .75 mile south-west of Fiskerton, 7 miles south-west from Newark, 3 miles south-east of Southwell and 125 miles north of the city of London. The parish covers only 498 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A612 arterial road north-west out of Nottingham to Southwell. Turn right (east) in Southwell and follow the signs to Fiskerton. I do not know if there are signs for Morton village.
  • The nearest functioning railway station is at Fiskerton.
  • Stop by the Full Moon Pub for refreshment and local chatter. The place serves fresh food for children.
You can see pictures of Morton which are provided by:



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

"MORTON, a parish, with a village, in Southwell district, Notts; on the Nottingham and Lincoln railway, near Fiskerton r. station, and near the river Trent, 2½ miles SE by S of Southwell. Post town, Fiskerton, under Newark. Acres, 498. Real property, £1,252. Pop., 142. Houses, 34. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to W. Wright, Esq. Morton Grange is the residence of H.Barnett, Esq. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Bleasby, in the diocese of Lincoln. The church is a neat brick structure, of nave and small chancel, with an embattled tower. "

Historical Geography

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



Stephen McKAY has a photograph of the Full Moon pub on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2017.



  • The "Manor House" was occupied by Thomas GELSTHORPE, a farmer, in 1881.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Morton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK727513 (Lat/Lon: 53.054022, -0.916821), Morton which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a marble tablet on the east wall of the parish church, dedicated in 1920.


Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

These are the names listed on the War Memorial plaque for World War One in St. Denis church:

  1. Samuel COX
  2. Frank FOSTER
  3. Cyril GILLIATT
  4. Charles JARVIS
  1. Leonard SMITH
  2. Charles William VOCE
  3. John Gamble WALLER
  4. Charles WILLOWS

The Great War Bulletin for January 18th, 1915 tells us that Charles JARVIS (listed above) died in an accident while leaving his submarine, HMS Electric, in a British port.

These are the names listed on that same War Memorial plaque for World War Two:

  1. Flight Lt. C. C. COX
  2. Sgt. Thomas. Kem DUDLEY
  3. Sgt. J. W. GARLAND
  1. Pte. John Vessey HIBBARD
  2. Pte. William Arthur RAISIN

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in county Nottingham. It became a modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
  • The parish was in the Southwell division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish was in the Southwell and Scrooby Liberty only for two years: 1836 through 1837.
  • It appears that the Civil Parish of Morton was abolished in 1884, but the web page author could not find documentation on that. The current civil administrative unit is the Parish of Fiskerton cum Morton.
  • You may contact the Fiskerton cum Morton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT assist you with family history searches.
  • The new parish is part of the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was not enclosed here until 1839.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


The village has practically doubled in size since 1911.

 Year Population
1801 101
1811 135
1841 131
1851 140
1861 142
1871 120
1881 109
1901 108


  • A Parochial School was built here for the parishes of Morton and Fiskerton from an endowment left in 1695 by Richard DAYBELL. The school building was erected before 1869.