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"Plumtree is a small, pleasant village and parish, on the Melton Mowbray Road, 5½ miles south south east of Nottingham, and was formerly the capital of a wapentake of its own name. It contains 306 inhabitants and about 1,812 acres of land. The parish is divided up into three townships of Plumtree, Normanton on the Wolds and Clipston. W.S. Burnside Esq. is lord of the manor and principal owner, and also patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £19 9s 7d, now £1,113, and is enjoyed by the Rev. John Burnside. At the enclosure 446 acres of land was allotted in lieu of tithes.
The church, dedicated to St. Mary, was re-pewed, a new pulpit added, and the gallery enlarged in 1818, at a cost of £300. The chancel contains a very handsome painting of the crucifixion, belonging to the worthy rector. A school room was built in 1840 by W.E. Elliott Esq. The poor have the interest of £34, left in 1755 by Richard Fritchett and an unknown donor. The feast is on the first Sunday after Trinity."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

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Archives & Libraries

Nottinghamshire County Council runs a mobile library service which visits Normanton-on-the-Wolds once a month.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 854
1861 R.G. 9 / 2486
1871 R.G. 10 / 3549
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718
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Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book Survey.
     
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
     
  • Largely Saxon, later work by Normans extended the church structure.
     
  • The church was restored in 1875.
     
  • The church tower was restored and partially rebuilt in 1908.
     
  • The church seats 270.
     
  • Ralph MILLS has a photograph of the Anglican church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St Mary tower on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 3.
     
  • Louis MILLS of the USA provides this list of Plumtree Burials.
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
     
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

This parish, township and village lies 5.5 miles south-east of Nottingham and 13 miles north-west of Melton Mowbray. The parish covers 4,376 acres and includes the three townships of Plumtree, Normanton-on-the-Wolds and Clipstone-on-the-Wolds.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A606 trunk road, heading south out of Nottingham city for about 6 miles.
     
  • Passenger Rail service ceased in 1949.
     
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the village centre on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
     
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of a Grand House and the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Village sign on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
     
You can see pictures of Plumtree which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

The parish traditionally held a parish feast on the first Sunday after Trinity Sunday (late May or early June).

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old Forge in Plumtree on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Millennium stone on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Geoff PICK has a photograph of the Griffin Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.

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Manors

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manor Farmhouse in Plumtree on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK615331 (Lat/Lon: 52.891843, -1.087343), Plumtree which are provided by:

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Military History

  • Alan MURAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
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Military Records

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Names, Geographical

Plumtree is derived from the Old English plum+treow or "plum tree". It appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Pluntre".

A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place Names." Oxford Press, 1999.

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Politics & Government

  • The townships of Plumtree and Normanton-on-the-Wolds were in the ancient North Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
     
  • The township of Clipstone-on-the-Wolds was in the southern division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake (Hundred) in the county.
     
  • This parish was, at one time, the capital of a hundred or wapentake of its own name.
     
  • You may contact the local Plumtree Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
     
  • In 1774, Richard PRITCHETT and another donor now unknown left the interest of £34 for the poor.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Plumtree Normanton Clipstone
1801 209 102 62
1851 306 210 81
1881 378 ~99 50
1901 230 209 47
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Schools

The school was founded here in 1840.

Geoff PICK has a photograph of Plumtree School on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.

Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Plumtree School (along with a little history) on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.