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Normanton on Trent

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"Normanton is a pleasant village and parish, upon a declivity 4 miles south-east by east of Tuxford, and 1½ miles west of the river, to which the parish extends. It contains 359 inhabitants and 1,163a 2r 19p of land, of the rateable value of £2,061 2s 3d. The open fields were enclosed under an act passed in 1800, when 124a 3r 30p of land was awarded to the Duke of Devonshire, as impropriator, and 56a 2r 17p to the vicar, in lieu of tithes.
The church, dedicated to St Matthew, is a small edifice, with nave, chancel, side aisles and tower, with three bells. A gallery was erected for the singers a few years ago, by subscription. The Rev. Edward Howell is the incumbent, and has upwards of 74 acres of glebe. The living is valued in the King's books at £4 5s, now £154.
The Duke of Devonshire sold the impropriate lands, with the advowson, to the Rev. William Doncaster, at whose death it was sold to the Rev. Robert Gamson. William de Lovetot gave the church to the priory, which he founded at Ratford. J.E. Dennison Esq. is lord of the manor, principally copyhold, on small certain fines, and courts are held at Easter and Michaelmas at Grassthorpe. Mr William Moody and Samuel Siddons Esq, and some others, have small estates in the parish.
A Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1822. The school was built in 1776 by Henry Jackson and was endowed in 1781 by Mrs. Hall. In 17S1, Elizabeth Gaches built two houses for poor old women. In 1799, Elizabeth Hall erected four almshouses, for four poor women, and endowed them witb land at Little Hale, in Lincolnabire."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Cemetery at Normanton on Trent on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015. This cemetery is on the south-east corner of the village.



  • 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 / 866
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3456
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Normanton on Trent area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The church is a small Gothic structure.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Matthew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1673 for baptisms, 1675 for burials and 1687 for marriages and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the No. 1 deanery of Newark (otherwise known as the Collingham deanery).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1869 to replace the one started in 1822.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in December 2005.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village, township and parish parish lie just 3 miles north of Carlton on Trent, 4 miles south-east from Tuxford and 130 miles north of London. The parish in just west of the River Trent and covers 1,110 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A1 north out of Newark. The A57 runs just north of the village.
  • There is a caravan and camping park just south of the village.

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Historical Geography

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



Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Crown Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.

Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Square & Compass Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.

These are the names associated with the Square & Compass Inn in various directories:

Year  Person
1853 Jas. POGSON, vict.
1869 Samuel LEE
1881 Mrs. Ann LEE
1912 Thomas HALL

Land and Property

Lieut.-Colonel William Byerley PAGET of Loughborough was lord-of-the-manor and one of the land-owners here in 1912.


Military History

  • The War Memorial is a granite obelisk standing in the churchyard near St. Matthew's Church. It was unveiled 14th April 1921 by Col. O.J. HUSKINSON.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Military Records

On the east side of the War Memorial is a plaque that lists these names of men felled in World War One"

  1. Pte. J. H. NOBLE
  2. Lce. Cpl. C. W. PARKIN
  3. Pte. G. H. TAYLOR
  4. Pte. L. D. ALLAN
  5. Pte. F. HILL
  6. Pte. A. LAMBERT
  7. Pte. F. TEMPLEMAN
  8. Sgt. P. ALEXANDER

On the south side of the War Memorial is a plaque to:

Lieut P. G. TURNER, Notts Yeomanry Sherwood Rangers RAC. Killed in action El Alemain 24th Ooctober 1942.

The Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project lists some WWI history from the parish magazine.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014. You might stop by when it is open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.
  • You may contact the joint Normanton on Trent with Marnham Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but please do NOT ask for family history assistance.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • In 1781 Elizabeth GACHES built two houses for poor old women.
  • In 1799 Elizabeth HALL erected four almshouses, for four poor women.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 286
1851 388
1861 402
1871 360
1901 305


A school was built here in 1776 by Henry JACKSON.

A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1871 and enlarged in 1894 for 92 children.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the 1776 school building on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.