"Norwell Parish comprises the three townships of Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse, and Carlton-on-Trent, which together contain 957 inhabitants and about 3,991 acres of land, which was exonerated from tithe at the enclosure in 1826. Norwell is a large village upon a declivity, 7 miles north-west by north of Newark, comprising within its township 599 inhabitants and 2,701a 1r 9p of land, of which its three prebendaries in Southwell Collegiate Church were lords and principal owners, and their lands are let to several lessees. The prebends were distinguished by the names of Norwell Overhall, Norwell Pallishall and Norwell Tertia. The first was said to be richer than any other possessed by the Chapter of Southwell, but these are lapsed to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners of England.
The church, dedicated to St Lawrence, is a large ancient structure, with nave, chancel, aisles and tower with three bells. It was formerly in two vicarages, each valued at £4 12s 11d, but they are now consolidated, of the value of £336, and were in the patronage of the two prebendaries of Norwell Overhall and Norwell Tertia, but now in that of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Rev. Edward Chaplin is incumbent, for whom the Rev. Richard Chaplin M.A. officiates, and resides at the vicarage, near the church."
[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.



Ian S. has a photograph of Saint Laurence's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.



  • The parish was in the Kneesal 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 / 2474 & 2475
1871 R.G. 10 / 3537
1881 R.G. 11 / 3372
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • There was a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey, but the wooden Saxon church has long ago disappeared.
  • The Anglican parish church of Norwell is dedicated to Saint Lawrence (usually spelled as "Laurence").
  • The church was built in the late 12th century.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1857.
  • The rest of the church was restored in 1874-75.
  • The church seats about 400.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Laurence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • Carlton had an Anglican chapel of rude construction, but great antiquity.
  • The chapel stood until 1849.
  • A replacement church was built in 1851 and dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin.
  • The Carlton church could seat 250.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1685 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The church is currently in the Newark and Southwell Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1843-45.
  • The Methodist chapel closed in 1989.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Norwell is a parish comprised of three townships; Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse and WIlloughby, about 8 miles north-east of Southwell, 7 miles northwest of Newark-on-Trent and 131 miles north of London.

Willoughby is about .75 miles north-north-east of Norwell village. Norwell Woodhouse if about 2 miles west-north-west of Norwell. Carlton is a former chapelry of Norwell, about 3 miles north-east of Norwell. Carlton-on-Trent has its own parish profile on Genuki. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1 trunk road north out of Newark-on-Trent. Exit to the left at Cromwell and turn left in the centre of that village and follow the road out to Norwell (about 1 mile).
  • Alex MacGREGOR has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013. Clearly they could use your artistic talent and marketing know-how to create a more enticing sign.
You can see pictures of Norwell which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • This village has Saxon roots and was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • For a well-researched history of the parish, see the Nottingham History pages for Norwell.
  • In 1256, Henry II granted the village the right to hold an annual three-day fair and a weekly market on Thursdays.
  • Richard CROFT captured a photograph of the Pinfold Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Pinfold on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2020.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Plough pub. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014. Reportedly a good place for catching up on local gossip.
  • These are the names associated with The Plough in various directories:
Year  Person
1853 Robert CAUDWELL, vict.
1869 George CLARKE
1881 Rowland WALSTOW, shopkeeper
1912 William MARSTON


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK772618 (Lat/Lon: 53.147758, -0.847179), Norwell which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial is a 12ft. high Runic Cross in the churchyard, just west of the church. This cross was dedicated in September, 1921, by the Rev'd. B. S. AINLEY.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the War Memorial Cross on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2020.
  • Inside the church there are wooden boards inscribed with the names of all who served in both World Wars.
  • The parish apparantly lost a single serviceman in the Malayan conflict of 1952.

Military Records

For another photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on the plaques, see the Southwell Churches History Project site.

According to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website, there are no CW Graves in Norwell churchyard.

These are the names listed on War Memorial cross:

  1. private Herbert BAINES, 102nd Bn Canadian Infantry
  2. private Samuel BALDWIN, 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters
  3. private Ernest CHILVERS, 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters
  4. rifleman Christopher John ETCHES, 1st Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
  5. Bert FAULKNER, unknown
  6. stoker 1st class Alfred HEATON, HMS Invincible
  7. private John HENTON, 2nd Bn Royal Scots
  8. corporal Robert Wilson JACKSON, 1/5th Bn KOY Light Infantry
  9. private Harry MARSTON, 2/4th Lincs Regt.
  10. private Arthur PARR, 1st Bn City of London Regt.
  11. private Henry WILSON, 20th Bn Sherwood Foresters

Alfred HEATON's death on HMS Invincible was at the Battle of Jutland when his ship was sunk on 31 May 1916.

Robert ("Bert") JACKSON's death is noted in the Newark Great War Bulletin of 19 July, 1915.

Ernest CHILVERS's death is noted in the Newark Great War Bulletin of 8 November, 1915.


Names, Geographical

  • The ancient "well" that gave Norwell its name has left no trace or even memories.
  • In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is rendered as "Northwell".
  • Locals pronounce the name as "Norrell." (Thank you, Brian Binns, 2013).

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the southern division of the county in the northern division of the Thurgarton Hundred or Wapentake.
  • Carlton township was separated from the rest of this parish in May, 1875, and was incorporated as its own Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Norwell Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • 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.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1826.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Norwell Woodhouse Carlton
1801 468 - 308
1851 599 127 231
1881 417 87 -
1901 372 71 172


  • A schoolhouse for six children was built in 1727. Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of that schoolhouse on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.
  • A National School was built here in 1871 on a site given by Lord Ossington.