"RAMPTON is a good village and parish, six miles E.S.E. of Retford, and about one mile from the Trent, to which its parish extends opposite to Torksey ferry, where there are in Lincolnshire the ruins of an ancient castle. It contains 456 inhabitants, and about 2,165 acres of land, mostly belonging to the Rev. Charles Wasteneys Eyre, the lord of the manor, to whom it has descended in regular succession from a period soon after the conquest, when it was the fee of Roger de Busli. Rampton Hall, which was built in the reign of Henry VIII., was pulled down about 130 years ago, except a very curious gateway, which still remains, and is highly ornamented with the armorial bearings of the Stanhope, Babyington, and Eyre families, of whom there are many sepuchral memorials in the church. The present owner is however now re-erecting at an estimated cost of £10,000, a handsome Hall, in the Elizabethian style. This manor descended by marriage from the knightly family of Stanhope to that of Babyington, and from the latter to the Eyres of Grove, one of whose maternal ancesters was Lady Pakynton, of Westwood House, Worcestershire, the pious authoress of the original "Whole Duty of Man,” which was written partly for the purpose of correcting the vices which prevailed during the civil wars of Charles I., in whose defence Colonel Sir Gervase Eyre, who espoused the heiress of the Babyingtons, lost his life at the siege of Newark.

The Church, dedicated to All Saints, is a large handsome structure, with nave, chancel, side aisles, and lofty tower. It is in the patronage and appropriation of its own prebendary in Southwell Collegiate Church. The Rev. Fitzgerald Wintour, M.A., who enjoys the vicarage, which is valued in the King’s hooks at £10., now £173. It has been augmented with Queen Anne’s Bounty, with which land was purchased in the Isle of Axholme, and it has about 39 acres of ancient glebe. The Rev. William Keys is the curate, and resides at the vicarage, a neat brick mansion, erected in 1842, near the old one on the south side the church. The open fieIds and commons which comprised nearly half the parish was enclosed in 1843, by the mutual agreement of the proprietors, who had a tunnel 45 yards long cut, through which the water is conveyed from the south and south-east sides of the psrish to the Semer Drain, which carries it to Sturton Out Ings, where it falls into the Trent. The tithes were commuted in 1847, for £479, 4s. 7d. The Rev, C. W. Eyre is lessee of the prebendal tithes and property; he has erected a good school at the west end of the church, consisting of two apartments, for boys and girls, the latter of which he entirely supports, and the other is used instead of the old school in the church yard. The Wesleyans have a small chapel here. The village feast is on Whitsunday."

[WHITE's, 'Directory of Nottinghamshire', 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 851
1861 R.G. 9 / 2415
1871 R.G. 10 / 3453
1881 R.G. 11 / 3302
1891 R.G. 12 / 2640

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints and is built of stone.
  • The church was renovated and restored in 1894.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2015.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a good photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1565 and is in good condition.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1639-1846.
  • The church was in the No. 2 deanery of Retford (the rural deanery of Tuxford).
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the village built in 1857.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie about 147 miles north of London on the west bank of the River Trent, only 7 miles east-south-east from Retford and 8 miles south of Gainsborough. The Trent River forms the eastern boundary of the parish, separating it from Lincolnshire. The parish covers 2,155 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The "Eyre Arms Public House" was one of the best spots in Rampton to catch up on local news. The Royal Oak P. H. was the other.
  • The Eyre Arms has its own website but no history.
  • These are the victuallers or operators listed in various directories:
Year Proprietor
1853 -- Not listed --
1869 -- Not listed --
1904 John QUICKFALL, farmer
1912 Jn. QUICKFALL, farmer
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of The Eyre Arms on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2014.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the "Royal Oak pub" on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006. It had, by this time, been converted to residential use.
  • These are the victuallers or operators listed in various directories:
Year Proprietor
1904 John BEELEY


  • Rampton Manor ws the residence of Lieut.-Col Henry EYRE, J.P. in 1881.
  • The Manor House has been demolished. Photographs are available at the Picture The Past site.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Gateway to the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK799785 (Lat/Lon: 53.297441, -0.80264), Rampton which are provided by:


Medical Records

Under the Mental Health Act of 1983, Rampton Hospital, between the villages of Woodbeck and Rampton became a high security psychiatric hospital. Rampton Hospital opened in 1912 as an overflow hospital for Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire.

There are no patient records available for family history searching.

Ian S. has a photograph of Rampton Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.


Military History

  • In the church is a memorial to Gervase EYRE, killed defending Newark Castle in the English Civil War, buried in 1703.
  • There is also a monument to Vice Admiral of the Red Sir George EYRE who died in Carlton, DBY, in February 1839.
  • In the church is a brass tablet in memory of Lieut. Arthur H. EYRE, 90th Infantry Regt., who died in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1874.
  • In 1881, Lieut.-Col. Henry EYRE, 2nd Notts Regt., resided at Rampton manor. Henry was born in 1834 in Carlton in Lindrick, NTT. He died in June 1904.
  • Inside the parish church is a War Memorial triptych showing the Roll of Honour for Rampton. It records the names of seven dead and fifty five parishioners who served during World War One. The names of 8 parishioners who fell in World War II are also recorded.

Military Records

See the Nottinghamshire County War Memorials website for a list of names and details on each casualty.

These are the 8 names listed on a separate War Memorial plaque in the church:

  1. William BAKER
  2. Arthur BAYES, pte. 1/5 Northumberland Fusiliers
  3. George Arthur INGRAM (not found in CWGC database)
  4. Harry LOBLEY, gnr. RFA
  1. Mark Norman RENNIE, Lt. aboard HMS Vala.
  2. Thomas Cedric RENNIE, Lt. aboard HMS Passing.
  3. Alfred George SIMPSON (not found in CWGC database)
  4. Frederick TACY, pte. 10th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt.

Frderick TACY is the only person on the list above to have a Commonwealth War Grave in Rampton Cemetery


Names, Geographical

The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon Ramm-tūn = "ram farmstead",


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • For governance, the parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding matters of civic or political importance, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1843.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 322
1811 313
1821 391
1831 411
1841 420
1851 455
1861 496
1871 453
1881 357
1891 341


  • There was a Parochial School founded by the EYRE family.