Radcliffe on Trent


"Radcliffe On Trent is a large and well-built village and parish, six miles east by south of Nottingham, remarkable for its very romantic scenery, being situated upon a lofty cliff on the south bank of the Trent, from which it has its name, and which affords it some extensive and beautiful prospects over the vale, watered by that broad and meandering river. It contains 259 houses, 1,273 inhabitants and about 1,873 acres of fertile land, which was enclosed in 1788, when the tithes were exonerated by an allotment of 100 acres to the impropriator, and 40 acres to the vicar. Earl Manvers is proprietor of nearly all the land, and lord of the manor. He is also patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £4 12s 6d, now at £198, and has received two augmentations from Queen Anne's Bounty, with which 26 acres of land have been purchased.
The Church, which was anciently appropriated to Thurgaton priory, is dedicated to St. Mary, and was thoroughly repaired, with the addition of a gallery and 195 free seats, in 1829, by subscription and a gift from the society for building and enlarging churches, and in 1862 it was re-pewed aud a new stone pulpit and reading desk added, at a cost of £300. raised by subscription. It has a nave and chancel, with a tower and four bells, and had, lying in a niche, “a wooden figure of Stephen Radcliffe, said to be the founder,” which the loyal inhabitants dressed to represent Bonaparte, and was burnt on the news of one of the Peninsular victories. The Rev. Robert Burgess, M. A., is the incumbent and resides iu the vicarage house, besides which here are several other handsome modern mansions.
The feast is on the Sunday after September 19th."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Nottingham will prove useful in your research.



  • Pamela PRIESTLAND (Ed.), "Radcliffe on Trent, 1710-1837", 340 pages, Publ. 1990 by Ashbracken, ISBN 978-1-872356-01-3.


  • A Cemetery of one acre was formed in 1869 on Vicarage Lane. Two acres were added in 1907.
  • The Cemetery was administered by the Parish Council.
  • If you have a headstone photograph, you can upload it to the Radcliffe Cemetery webpage supported by Find-A-Grave.


  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent 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 / 2486
1871 R.G. 10 / 549
1881 R.G. 11 / 3382
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was constructed in the 13th century (and may have been dedicated to The Holy Trinity).
  • Neglect of the old church caused continuing decay and the spire collapsed in November, 1792, into the main body of the church.
  • The old church was enlarged in 1858.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1879 and rededicated to Saint Mary. Many did not like the look of the new church, due to its French and German features.
  • Small renovations continued in the early 20th century.
  • The church seats 730.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • David HALLAM-JONES also has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1632 and is in good condition. Bishops' Transcripts go back to 1625. Few entries include more than the names and dates of those married, baptised or buried.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1626 - 1831.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1796 and replaced it with a new facility in 1839.
  • The Primitive Methodists came in 1816 but disappeared around 1838. In 1864 they rebounded and purchased the Independents' chapel on Shelford Road, replacing it with a larger building in 1893.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Church from 1893 on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of St Anne's Catholic Church on New Road on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Radcliffe-on-Trent is a parish and extensive village on the south bank of the RIver Trent, 122 miles north of London and 6 miles outh-east of Nottingham city. The parish covers 1,925 acres.

The village hosts many sporting events. If you are planning a visit:

  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the Village Sign in front of the Co-operative Supermarket on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • The National Express scheduled coach network may be the best way to travel there. See BritInfo for more information.
  • There is a railway station here for service out of Nottingham to Grantham.
  • And you may be interested in the web site of the Radcliffe-on-Trent Lifesaving Club.
You can see pictures of Radcliffe on Trent which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Whipping Post on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Horse Chestnut pub. on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manvers Arms on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the The Black Lion pub. on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.
  • Kate JEWELL also has a photograph of the Royal Oak on Main St. on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK645388 (Lat/Lon: 52.942724, -1.041629), Radcliffe on Trent which are provided by:


Medical Records

  • The new County Asylum was opened here (actually in Saxondale parish) in July, 1908 and was enlarged in 1912.
  • This facility was also used for military mental patients from July 1918 to 30 August, 1919.
  • It is unknown what patient records may exist in the Archives office. Administrative and accounting records are normally all that is archived and some photographs may exist.

Military History

  • In 1881, E Company of the 2nd Notts Rifle Volunteers were housed here. L. M. PARKINSON was the captain-commandant.
  • In 1912, Lieut.-Col. Charles Wilfred BIRKIN resided here in Lamcote House.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the War Memorial in front of St. Mary's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • David HALLAM-JONES also has a photograph of the War Memorial in front of St. Mary's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • Mat FASCIONE has an even better photograph of the War Memorial in front of St. Mary's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.

Military Records

The War Memorial is at the east end of the churchyard. It was unveiled in April 1921 by Col Charles BIRKIN, who had served in France. The names of 61 men are recorded on this memorial. You would be well-served to visit the Radcliffe-on-Trent WWI website.

The names on the memorial are:

  1. Matthew Baggley
  2. William Henry Barratt
  3. Horace Beet
  4. Edward Upton Bell
  5. Sidney Bell
  6. Bertie Bemrose
  7. Ernest Bemrose
  8. Percy Bemrose
  9. Gordon Peniston Berridge
  10. Thomas Birkby
  11. George Harry Blatherwick
  12. Robert Hugh Blatherwick
  13. George Brewster
  14. William Robert Brice
  15. Frederick Brown
  16. Thomas Alfred Buggins
  17. Benjamin Carlin
  18. Arthur Clarke
  19. Percy Cyril Cox
  20. Frank Barratt Daniels
  21. Walter Dawson
  22. Percy Draper
  23. Walter Draper
  24. Walter Dyson
  25. Ernest Taylor Eastwood
  26. Samuel Eaton
  27. Robert Samuel Hallam
  28. James Harris
  29. Ernest Howard
  30. Joseph William Hull
  31. Leslie Toyne Hyde
  32. Cecil Ismay Wakley Ingram
  33. Percy Thomas Kitchen
  34. William Thomas Lodge
  35. Frederick George Malsom
  36. John Henry Martin
  37. Clarence James Moody
  38. Alvin Henry Newbury
  39. Sydney Eldridge Newbury
  40. George Andrew Henderson Nowell
  41. Edgar Gale Julian Nowell
  42. John Nowell
  43. Bernard Osborne
  44. John Ould
  45. Thomas William Packwood
  46. Samuel Parkes
  47. Thomas Alfred Peck
  48. Charles Wightman Pike
  49. John William Richards
  50. William Henry Ritter
  51. William Roberts
  52. Leonard William Rushmore
  53. George James Shephard
  54. Daniel Smith
  55. John Vellum Stafford
  56. Bertie Francis Todd
  57. Lawrence Charles Turner
  58. Charles Tytherley
  59. Alfred James Upton
  60. William Cyril Vickerstaff
  61. Henry Voce

Names, Geographical

The name is often misspelled as "Ratcliffe", even by indexers. While there IS a "Ratcliffe" in Nottinghamshire, this is NOT it.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • You can contact the Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council regarding civic or political matters. Alas, they do not have the staff to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1789.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 761
1851 1,273
1861 1,371
1881 1,704
1901 2,093


  • A National School was built here in 1870 and enlarged in 1876.
  • Today, the parish sports a modern secondary school as well. Dayncourt School was built in 1957.