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  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 861
1851 H.O. 107 / 2125
1861 R.G. 9 / 2432
1871 R.G. 10 / 3479
1891 R.G. 12 / 2662


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Selston area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was built of stone in 1150.
  • The church was restored and enlarged in 1899 and again in 1904-05.
  • The church seats 450.
  • Katy WATERS has a photograph of St Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church tower overlooking the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.
  • The church of Saint Michael and All Angels was built in Underwood in 1888-89.
  • The church of Saint Michael and All Angels seats 400.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of Underwood Church and its Lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.
  • A church for the district of Pye Hill, Jacksdale and Westwood was built and consecrated in Aug. 1899.
  • This church seated 360.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1557.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1557-1875.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The following Non-conformist churches and chapel have existed in the parish: Calvinist, Baptist, Primitive Methodists and Free Church chapels.
  • Christine JOHNSTONE has a photograph of the Christians Meeting House from 1899 on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.
  • The Congregational chapel was founded in 1670.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This large village and parish is 143 miles north of London and 12 miles north-west of Nottingham. The parish sits on the Derbyshire border. The parish covers 3,318 acres and includes the hamlets of Bagthorpe, Underwood, Hand Stubbing, Westwood and Woodnook. Jacksdale (or Jack's Dale) is a village in the parish.

Selston is divided from Derbyshire by the Erewash River. If you are planning a visit:

  • Selston lies off the M1 motorway north of Nottingham. Turn off at the B6018 arterial crossing.
  • Visit the website for Jacksdale for local color.

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Historical Geography

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



David LALLY has a photograph of The Bull & Butcher pub. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.

J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Crown Inn on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.

Steve FAREHAM has a photograph of The White Lion on Selston Common on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2007.

Jean DURBIN reports that in the Derby Mercury newspaper for 18 Oct 1854: "Trespassing in pursuit of game: Gervis GILL & G. SMITHURST were charged by Henry ROWSON gamekeeper to James OAKES Esq. with trespassing on Selston Common in pursuit of game. GILL was convicted to pay 1 pound and costs 10 shillings & 6 pence & SMITHURST 2 pounds and costs 10 shillings & 6 pence."



  • Wansley Hall, the former seat of the WANDESLEY family, is in Bagthorpe.

Military History

  • Alan SLATER has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006. The memorial is in Jacksdale on the main road.
  • Selston village has a War Memorial that was unveiled in July 2014. The Portland stone obelisk has six sides at its base with the names of more than 80 local servicemen who died in the two world wars being carved in grey granite. One panel bears the names of Selston’s World War Two fatalities.

Names, Geographical

The parish was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Salistune".


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • For governance, the parish was in the north division of the ancient Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the Northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Selston Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to do family history searches for you.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of Selston Parish Council Office. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.
  • District governance is provided by the Ashfield District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Mansfield petty session hearings held at the Police Court every week.
  • Three cottages were provided to the poor by the parish.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1851 2,101
1861 2,628
1871 3,670
1881 4,373
1891 5,267
1901 7,071
1911 8,982
2001 12,208


  • The National School here was built by the Butterley Iron Company some time before 1869.
  • Selston had a Public Elementary School (mixed) built here in 1865 and enlarged in 1892 to hold 420 students and 210 infants.
  • The Portland Row Infants School here was built in 1879.
  • The Bagthorpe Infants School here was built in 1872 and enlarged in 1902 to take up to 180 infants.
  • The Jacksdale Infants School was opened in 1908 as a temporary school.
  • The Westwood Infants School was built in 1872 and enlarged in 1899 for up to 200 children.