"Shelford Parish consists of two townships, viz. Shelford-with-Newton and Saxondale, which maintain their poor separately, and contain together 775 inhabitants, and 3,592 acres of land, lying on the south side of the Trent, betwixt Radcliffe and East Bridgford, and is of the rateable value of £6,562 14s 3d.
Shelford, 6½ miles east by north of Nottingham, is a pleasant village, seated on a gentle eminence, which in very great floods is sometimes completely surrounded by the Trent water, as was the case in 1793, though it is distant half a mile from the regular channel of the river, and is backed by a lofty ridge of land to the south.
After the Conquest, it was nearly all of the fee of Goisfred de Halselin, whose descendant, Ralph, founded an Austin Priory here in the reign of Stephen which, at its dissolution in the 29th of Henry VIII, was valued at £116 1s 1d per annum, and was granted to Michael Stanhope Esq., ancestor of the Earl of Chesterfield, who is now sole owner (except half an acre) and lord of the manor of Shelford, which comprises about 2,500 acres. The ancient manor house, which was long occupied by the Stanhope family, was burnt down in the civil wars, when the Parliamentarians took it by storm, after it had long held out for the king, under the command of Colonel Stanhope (son of the first Earl of Chesterfield) who was slain in the conflict. Some years after this, the family rebuilt it partly out of its ruins, and it is now occupied by John Hassall Esq." [WHITE's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853]



  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until 1883.
  • In November, 1883, the parish was re-assigned to the Bingham 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 / 3549
1891 R.G. 12 / 2718

Church History

  • There was a church here (and a priest) at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church was extensively restored in 1877-78 and the chancel rebuilt.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of St Peter and St Paul on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1563.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1840.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until 1883.
  • In November, 1883, the parish was re-assigned to the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.

Description & Travel

Shelford is a parish and a village that sits just south of the River Trent between East Bridgford and Radcliffe, 125 miles north of London. The parish contains the township of Shelford and the hamlets of Newton and Saxondale and covers just over 3,190 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • During the great floods of 1793, 1852 and 1876, the village was surrounded by floodwaters from the Trent.
  • The parish traditionally holds a feast on the first Sunday in July.
  • Wikipedia tells us: "The village had a ferry which ran between Shelford and Stoke Bardolph, but this has long since disappeared. The wooden structure tethering the rope for pulling the ferry can still be seen today at the end of Stoke Ferry Lane."
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of the Earl of Chesterfield pub and restaurant on Geo-grapg, taken in August, 2013.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK661423 (Lat/Lon: 52.973987, -1.017111), Shelford which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial consists of a simple stone cross 12 feet 6 inches high, with inscriptions on the lower levels. The unveiling was performed by Major GODFREY MC of Carlton.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Shelford War Memorial on the Geo-graph site, taken in October, 2009.
  • The Southwell Churches History Project photos and information on the war memorial itself as well as the plaques inside the parish church.
  • RAF Newton was located about one mile east-southeast of the village.

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 ancient Bingham Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Shelford & Newton 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.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bngham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.
  • Prior to 1883 the parish had five almshouses, founded in 1694. These were eventually sold and the proceeds invested to fund assistance for the poor.


Year Shelford
with Newton
1801 418 68
1851 645 130
1881 437  
1891 389  
1901 386 90


  • A National School for both sexes was built here in 1873.