"Sibthorpe village and parish lies on the Cardike, 7 miles south-south-west of Newark, and was once a place of considerable importance, having a college founded by Geffrey de Scroop, in the reign of Edward II. It was also for a long time the residence of the Burnell family, who had a large mansion here, of which nothing now remains. The lordships contains 908 acres of land, a tithe-free estate of the rateable value of £1,721, and 154 inhabitants, and is all the property of the Duke of Portland, who is also patron of the living, which is enjoyed by the Rev. John Ince Maltby of Shelton.
The church, dedicated to St Peter, is a donative of the certified value of £20. It is an ancient edifice, and was originally much larger than it is at present. It has a spacious chancel, in which is a monument of Edward Burnell, the date on which is 1589, and in black letters are inserted, "By me, Barbara Burnell, God grant us a joyful resurrection." In the church-yard is a stone erected to the memory of four children of the name of Hall, who died in infancy, at the foot of which are these lines:

'The cup of life just with their lips they pressed,
They found it bitter and declined the rest.
Averse, then, turning from the face of day,
They softly sighed their little souls away'

A neat Wesleyan chapel, built of wood, and standing on wheels, was opened for service in July 1844."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Bingham is an excellent resource.



Richard CROFT has a photograph on Geo-graph of a Chest Tomb at Sibthorpe on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1851 H.O. 107 / 2139
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1881 R.G. 11 / 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • There was once an ecclesiastical college here, founded by Geffrey le Scroop in the reign of Edward II.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The date of construction is reported as only "13th century".
  • The church was reputedly much larger than the one found today.
  • The church seats 100.
  • Christine HASMAN has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2004.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of Church interior on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1720 and is in good condition. Earlier registers have been lost.
  • The Family History Centre has the Bishop's Transcripts for 1613-1853 on mircofilm.
  • The church was in the deanery of Newark no. 2.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a "portable" chapel here in 1844. It was made of wood and set on wheels so it could be moved about.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Sibthorpe is a small village and a parish which lies on the Cardike, 7 miles south of Newark, 6 miles north-west of Bingham, 17 miles north-east of Nottingham city and 131 miles north of London. The parish covers 912 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A612 arterial road out of Nottingham. This road runs right through the village of Lowdham.
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus service.
  • There is still a railway station at Lowdham, but the webpage author is unsure if passenger service is still available.
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Historical Geography

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Yew trees at Sibthorpe on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.

Sibthorpe was the birthplace of the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas SECKER in 1693. SECKER's papers are kept at Lambeth Palace Library.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK763456 (Lat/Lon: 53.002293, -0.864469), Sibthorpe which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were formed.
  • The parish was in the Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 85
1851 146
1861 142
1871 141
1881 130
1891 106
1901 76
1911 90
1921 97
1931 93


  • A small Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1846.