"Rolleston Parish contains the two townships of Rolleston and Fiskerton, which contain together 583 inhabitants and 2,583a 3r 23p of rich loamy land, of which 280 inhabitants and 1,585 acres are in Rolleston and 303 inhabitants and 998a 3r 7p are in Fiskerton, which is included in the Southwell division of Thurgarton hundred. Rolleston is a pleasant village 3 miles east by south of Southwell, bounded on the south and east by the Trent, and intersected by the River Greet.
The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, with a tower and four bells. The living, a vicarage, is valued in the King's books at £10 1s 3d, now £246. The Chapter of Southwell are patrons, and the Rev. Robert Fowler incumbent. The vicarage, a neat brick house near the church, was built in 1844. John Henry Manners Sutton Esq. M.P. is lessee of the great tithe, under the Chapter of Southwell, lord of the manor, and principal owner. The poor have the interest of £130, bequeathed by Sir Thomas Lodge, Diana Gibson, Luke Williamson and Nicholas Kirkby."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Southwell 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 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3534
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • One Directory tells the website author that the church is dedicated to Saint WIlfrid, but that information appears to be incorrect.
  • The date of construction is unreported, but pre-dates 1300.
  • There was a Christian church here at the time of The Domesday Survey, in 1086.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of The Holy Trinity on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • There are photographs and more information about the church at the Rolleston Church site.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559 for all entries and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Rolleston is a village and a parish 3 miles east by south of Southwell, bounded on the south and east by the River Trent, and intersected by the River Greet. The parish lies 122 miles north of London and 5 miles south of Newark-on-Trent. The old parish boundaries included the townships of Rolleston and Fiskerton. The parish covers 1,679 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 arterial road north-east out of Nottingham. At Thrugarton, turn right, east, and follow the county road thru Fiskerton to Rolleston.
  • There is a railway that runs along the eastern edge of the village. Daily passenger service is available via East Midland Trains. The railway station used to be known as "Rolleston Junction" and it is adjacent to the Southwell Racecourse. There is no taxi or bus service from the station.
You can see pictures of Rolleston which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The Southwell Hunt and Hurdle Races were moved to Rolleston in 1898 to a new course laid out in the parish near the railway station. They are still called the Southwell Races.
  • The SUTTON Family Album has a photograph of Station Road, 1951 on Geo-graph, taken in 1951. The buildings haven't changed much.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of all that is left of the Village Cross on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012. This is a Grade II structure with English Heritage.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Rolleston Crown Pub on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.


  • The Manor House was taken down in 1813. The manor house had its own chapel. The manor house also had a moat and fishponds, with water supplied by the River Greet.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK743525 (Lat/Lon: 53.064587, -0.892678), Rolleston which are provided by:


Military History

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that three men of Rolleston had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion. Those men are:

  1. T. S. CULLEN
  3. S. T. SHARPE

The War Memorial plaque is a bronze tablet mounted in the south aisle of Holy Trinity Church. It was unveiled by Lieutenant G. WRIGHT of Fiskerton Manor, on April 1st, 1921.

Also mounted on the church wall is a Roll of Honour of all parishioners who served in World War One.

There is no memorial for World War II or other hostilities.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Thurgarton Hundred (Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Rolleston Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches
  • 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.
  • The poor have the interest of £130, bequeathed by Sir Thomas Lodge, Diana Gibson, Luke Williamson and Nicholas Kirkby in various years.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Rolleston Fiskerton
1801 265 230
1851 252 333
1861 268 319
1871 246  
1881 232  
1891 208 283
1901 193 261
1911 181  


Rolleston had a small public elementary school built here for 75 children prior to 1912. In 1912, the attendance was only 33 pupils.