"Owthorpe is a small village and parish upon the Grantham Canal, and on the eastern side of the lofty range of hills called the Wolds, nine miles south-east by east of Nottingham, and six miles south-south-west of Bingham. It contains only about 25 humble dwellings, 143 inhabitants, and 1,450 acres of cold clay land, of which Sir Robert Howe Bromley, Bart, is lord and principal owner, his father, Sir George Smith Bromley, Bart, having purchased the manor, with 1,300 acres of land, in 1773, of the Hutchinson family, who had held it for many generations. For some time after the Conquest it was held by a family of its own name, and was of the fee of Roger de Busli. The hall and the church were both rebuilt about 1650 by Colonel John Hutchinson, who was an active parliamentary partisan during the civil wars of Charles I, in which he was sometime governor of Nottingham Castle. Though he sat in judgement upon his Sovereign, no active means were taken to apprehend him at the Restoration, and he seems to have lived secretly in Owthorpe Hall till 1663, when he was arrested on his road to the church by a party of horse under the command of Cornet Atkinson, and was conveyed to Deal castle in Kent, where he died a prisoner, but was interred in Owthorpe Church. The Hall, a large square mansion, was pulled down by the present owner of the estate." [WHITE's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853]



  • The parish was in the Ratcliff on Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • After November, 1883, 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 / 853
1851 H.O. 107 / 2133
1861 R.G. 9 / 2485
1871 R.G. 10 / 3548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • The church was built about 1650.
  • The church occupies the site of a much larger and older ediface.
  • The church seats 75.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1735.
  • You can find Owthorpe burials 1814 -1902 on Notts FHS burials CD.
  • And marriages 1605 - 1900 on Notts FHS marriages CD.
  • IGI Batch nos. covering Owthorpe are C060551 C060552 M060551 M060552.
  • The church was in the South Bingham rural deanery.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ratcliff on Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until November, 1883.
  • After November, 1883, the parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.

Description & Travel

Owthorpe is both a village and a parish 9 miles south-east of Nottingham between Cropwell Bishop and Kinoulton, on the western edge of the Vale of Belvoir. The parish covers 1,700 acres.

The Grantham Canal passes just east of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A46 between Newark and Leicester and turn off to the east at Owthorpe Road.
You can see pictures of Owthorpe which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK671334 (Lat/Lon: 52.893871, -1.004059), Owthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a monument in the church to Colonel John HUTCHINSON (1615-1664), 'one of the regicides'. He was one of 39 men to sign the death-warrant for Charles I. In 1659 he was made High Sheriff of Nottingham.
  • There is a modern Great War Memorial brass plaque on a wooden base mounted on the south wall of the nave in St. Margaret's Church.

Military Records

These are the names listed on the St. Margaret Church War Memorial Plaque:

  1. QM Sgt., James MORLEY, RFA
  1. pte. Percival Francis WEBSTER, Sherwood Foresters

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the southern division of the county in the south division of the Bingham Wapentake.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • 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.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 107
1851 137
1861 112
1871 113
1881 131
1891 105
1901 89
1911 115
1921 114
1931 99


  • The children of this parish attended the National School in Colston Bassett.