"Orston Parish includes the townships and chapelries of Scarrington, Thoroton, and also part of Flawborough, which is mostly in Staunton parish, in the hundred of Newark. It contains 868 inhabitants and 2,150 acres of land, in the vale of the Smite river. Orston and the two chapelries maintain their poor separately, and in the population returns are entered as three distinct parishes, though they have long been united under the same pastor. Orston village and township contains 1,850 acres of land, on the south side of the Smite, 5 miles east of Bingham. It was enclosed in 1796, when 272a 2r 31p were allotted to the appropriators, and 68a 3r 20p to the vicar, as a commutation for all the tithes. Earl Manvers is lord of the manor, and owner of about 200 acres, but the largest proprietor is William Marshall Esq., who has 500 acres. Near the village is a chalybeate spring, noted for its tonic qualities. Mr John Henry Fisher resides at the Hall, which is a neat residence. The Nottingham and Ambergate branch of the Great Northern Railway has a neat station about half a mile from Orston."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

Orston is served by a mobile library on the Newark and Sherwood East South route.

The Library at Bingham is an excellent resource.



Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of The churchyard at Orston on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 854
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • There was a Christian church here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1066.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The date of construction is uncertain, but apparently Norman.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1766-1767.
  • The church was partly rebuilt in 1889-1890.
  • The last restoration was in 1923.
  • The church seats 344.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1583.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 2.
  • In the baptism register for the period 1813 - 1869 is a Memorandum.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here prior to 1871.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a small chapel here prior to 1912.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Methodist Church in Orston on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Orston is a village, township, and a parish bounded on the west by the Smite River (or Rivulet) and on the east by Leicestershire. The village stands 115 miles north of London, 5 miles north-east of Bingham, and 9 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent. The parish covers about 1,940 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Start your visit in Newark on Trent, take the A46 south-east out of town and turn east (left) onto the A52. At Elton, turn north (left) and drive one mile to Orston.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • Robert DANYLEC has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. The Hall can be hired for a family re-union!.
  • Nigel THOMPSON has a photograph of the Elton and Orston railway station, 1983 on Geo-graph, taken in 1983.
  • Visit the Orston village site funded by the Orston Parish Counci!.
  • The village has been known to flood after heavy winter rains, so be prepared.
You can see pictures of Orston which are provided by:





John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72, tells us:

ORSTON, a village and a parish in Bingham district, Notts. The village stands near the river Smite, ¾ of a mile N of Elton r. station, 1½ W of the boundary with Leicestershire, and 4¼ E by N of Bingham; and has a post-office under Nottingham. The parish comprises 1,940 acres. Real property, £2,897. Pop., 424. Houses, 105. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Earl Manvers. A mineral spring is near the village. Gypsum abounds and is manufactured into plaster. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Thoroton, in the diocese of Lincoln.value, £200. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln. The church presents a mixture of Norman and pointed architecture, and has a low tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school.


On 14 Jul 1834 - George WILSON of Orston, Nottinghamshire married Ann TOWERS of this parish (Barkestone)- by Banns, Witnesses - William CULSTON & John DOUBLEDAY.


Historical Geography

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Durham Ox Public House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014. It appears that you can converse with your ancestors between pints.



  • Red Hall, at the south entrance to the town, is a brick mansion with gardens and was the residence for many years for the DIGBY family.
  • Jaime BECKETT has a photograph of Orston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Orston Hall on Geo-graph, take in April, 2014.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manor farmhouse on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK771410 (Lat/Lon: 52.960837, -0.853645), Orston which are provided by:


Memorial Inscriptions

In the porch there is a scrolled head tablet with angel to Eleanor Kerchevall (1695) and a slate tablet to John Kerchevall (1721). (The surname spelling varies over time):


"HERE Lyeth the Body of ELIANOR wife of JOHN KERCHEVALL Daughter of WILLIAM HARTOPP of Little Daulby in the county of Leicester Esqur: who departed this life the 25th of May. 1695."


"Here lieth the body of John Kirchevall Gent: who departed this life Septemb: 23: 1721. In the 75 Year of his Age."

Military History

  • Inside the church, hanging on the wall, is a drum that was used at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Waterloo Drum on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • The church clock appears to be a War Memorial from 1918, but the web-page author could not find any details on it's dedication.
  • There is an alabaster war memorial tablet with military badges from around 1919.
  • There is an alabaster war memorial tablet on the wall of St. Mary's Church.
  • There is also a Roll of Honour hanging alongside the War Memorial plaque inside St. Mary's Church.

Military Records

These are the names listed on the Commonwealth War Graves for WWII:

  1. James William Arthur BAKER
  2. Henry James BOX
  3. John Henry HUSBANDS
  4. George MILLS
  5. William SCOTNEY
  6. Edward Nelson SERGEANT

The Roll of Honour lists 40 people from the parish who served in World War One:

  1. Baker, B.
  2. Baker, F.
  3. Baker, James William Arthur
  4. Banham, J. H.
  5. Box, Henry James
  6. Brathwaite, A.
  7. Butler, W.
  8. Carlisle, G.
  9. Carlisle, R.
  10. Cheetham, W.
  11. Derry, F.
  12. Dinsmore, W.
  13. Gaylor, J.
  14. Hand, A.
  15. Husbands, A.
  16. Husbands, John Henry
  17. Lambert, A.
  18. Lambert, G.
  19. Millard, E.
  20. Mills, G.
  21. Scotney, E.
  22. Scotney, H.
  23. Scotney, Q.
  24. Scotney, T.
  25. Scotney, William
  26. Sergeant, Edward Nelson
  27. Shipsides, H.
  28. Sizer, G.
  29. Smith, E.
  30. Stewart, G.
  31. Stubley, George
  32. Stubley, T. G.
  33. Topham, M.
  34. Walker, A. W.
  35. Walker, H.
  36. Wheeler, J.
  37. Wilde, C.
  38. Willey, C.
  39. Wood, G.
  40. Wyche, B.


Jane TAYLOR of Redcar offers this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 17 February 1803: "MARRIED: Yesterday at Spondon, in this county, Grayham CHAPELL, Esq. of Orston, Nottinghamshire, to Miss Maria WRIGHT, youngest daughter of the late Joseph WRIGHT, Esq. of this place (Derby, DBY)."



The Parish Council publishes online newsletters which you may find useful.


Politics & Government

  • This parish was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the Bingham Hundred or Wapentake.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to do Family History searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings held every other Thursday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1796.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Orston Scarrington Thoroton
1801 351 152 110
1851 461 230 177
1861 424    
1871 464    
1881 484    
1891 408    
1901 326 178 88


  • A National School was built here in 1849 to replace an older school building.
  • Orston Primary School has a website, but no history or student records are available online.