"Ossington is a pleasant village and parish on the Carlton and Kneesall turnpike road, which was formed in 1812. The parish contains 235 inhabitants and 2,263 a 2r of clay land, of which John Evelyn Denison Esq. M.P. is lord of the manor, and owner of the whole, except about 38 acres. He resides in the hall, a handsome modern mansion, situated in an extensive park, and embowered in woods. It is built on the site of an ancient house, which was partly destroyed in the civil wars, and was for many years the seat of a branch of the Cartwright family, that ended in four co-heiresses in 1775, who sold the estate to the late William Denison, a rich merchant of Leeds, who died in 1782 after realising a fortune of £700,000, a large portion of which, it is said, he gained by one ship's cargo, which arrived at Lisbon immediately after that city had been destroyed by an earthquake. His monument in the church consists of a full length figure of marble, standing upon a pedestal, having a scroll in his hand, with his ship unloading in the haven of Lisbon.
The church, situated near the Hall, is a neat structure, dedicated to the Holy Rood, with a tower and five bells. It has several other neat monuments, particularly two belonging to the Cartwrights and Peckhams. The living is a donative. J.E. Denison Esq. is the patron and impropriator, and the Rev. Archibald George Campbell M.A. the incumbent."
[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.



  • The parish was in the Kneesall 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 / 2475
1871 R.G.10 / 3537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • There was an older church on this site, built around 1100. Only a few traces of that church can be found..
  • This older church is mentioned in an 1144 document..
  • The present Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Rood. (One source lists "the Virgin Mary", but this may refer to the older church.
  • The present church was constructed from 1782 through 1783.
  • A clock was installed in the tower in 1864.
  • A small fire damaged the church in 1974, but repairs were quickly made.
  • The church seats 140.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Holy Rood church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Julian P GUFFOGG has a photograph of the Church of the Holy Rood on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1772.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Ossington is a village and a parish. The parish lies 4 miles south of Tuxford, 10 miles north-west of Newark-on-Trent and about 2 miles west of Carlton-on-Trent. The parish covers 2.412 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Check the Carlberry site for bus and coach service.
  • By automobile, take the A1 north out of Newark-on-Trent and turn left (west) at Carlton. Go west about 2.5 miles to get to the village of Ossington.
  • The Village Hut consisted of two First World War army billets joined together. It has been restored and is now used regularly for village events, including Harvest suppers and other church and village celebrations.
You can see pictures of Ossington which are provided by:







Phillimore's Marriage Index for this parish shows: Thomas BLACKBORN at Ossington; Vol 20 page 78, which shows: Thomas BLACBORN & Frances TOMKIN, 12 Oct 1600 (The very first entry in the Register!).


Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

The Family History Library has a Land & Property film for Ossington to Southwell from 1780 to 1832.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK757647 (Lat/Lon: 53.174035, -0.868917), Ossington which are provided by:


Military History

  • RAF Station Ossington opened in early 1942 as the home of Number 14 Advanced Flying Unit to train pilots in adanced skills.
  • In 1943 RAF Station Ossington was transfered to Bomber Command.
  • The airfield closed in August, 1946, but it appears that MOD kept the land until 1953.
  • The airfield is now under the watchful eye of the Airfields of England Conservation Trust.
  • There is a List of Those Who Served at the Wartime Memories Project.
  • Martin JONES has a photograph of the former RAF Ossington on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.
  • James HILL has a photograph of a disused airfield road on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • James HILL also has a photograph of a derelict brick building on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • There are a number of War Memorials inside the parish church for World War I and WWII.
  • The village also has a War Memorial, erected in 1920, at the corner of Main Street and Moorhouse Road.

Military Records

These are the names listed on the Holy Rood Church War Memorial Plaque:

  1. Evelyn BROWN
  2. William DRABBLE
  3. Walter FOX
  4. Thomas GASH
  5. Fred GASH
  1. Edward GODSON
  2. George HARDY
  3. Edward HARDY
  4. Harry HOLT

The Newark Great War Bulletin of May 17th, 1915 reports the death of private Walter FOX.

There is a Battlefield Cross memorial in Holy Rood church for private Harry HOLT who died in World War One.

There are two metal plaques honoring Sgt. Wilfrid Blake MOYES and 2nd. Lieut. William Frank Evelyn DENISON from World War One.



From the Nottingham Evening Post July 5th 1943:

"Thomas Henry HOPEWELL, R.A.F. sergeant stationed at Ossington, Newark, for his wife's adultery with a man named McCONNELL. Petitioner said that when he returned from overseas in 1942, he found his wife with the co-respondent in Nottingham. She was expecting a child."

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire, but became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgarton Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have decided to forgo a formal parish council in favor of periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • 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 every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 217
1851 235
1861 231
1871 199
1881 188
1891 211
1901 175
1911 196
1921 182


  • A School was built in the village to hold 70 students. Students were accepted from the adjoining parishes as well.