"Stokeham is a small village and parish, five miles north east from Tuxford, only containing 60 inhabitants, and about 564 acres of land, of which, William and John Otter, and Joseph Quibell are resident owners, and Thomas Kneeton and Frederick Beardsall have estates here; but Earl Manvers is lord of the manor, which in Doomsday Book is called Estoches, and was soc to Fledborough, of the fee of the Bishop of Lincoln, and was successively held by the families of Lysure, Bassett, Swift and Amstrudders.
The church is a small fabric, annexed to the vicarage of East Drayton, which has all the tithes of the parish; the Rev. John Goodacre is the incumbent."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

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



Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

B. HILTON also has a photograph of St. Peter's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.



  • The parish was in the Tuxford 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 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1881 R.G. 11 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • By the mid-19th century the church was dilapidated.
  • The church was restored in 1862 and again in 1881.
  • The church was fully restored in 1928.
  • At last report, the church is seldom used for weekly services.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church interior on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1650 and is in good condition, although imperfectly kept.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford (or No. 2 deanery of Retford).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1869, although that chapel is now derelict.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village, township and parish are about 5 miles north-east of Tuxford and 6 miles south-east of Retford. The parish covers only 564 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A57 trunk road, heading east off of the A1 trunk road and turn north at Darlton. Continue north thru East Drayton to get to Stokeham.
You can see pictures of Stokeham which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK783769 (Lat/Lon: 53.2833, -0.827035), Stokeham which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a three-light, stained glass window in St. Peter's Church. The window was restored in 1930.


Military Records

These are the three names listed on the War MemoriaI inscription under the window in the church:

  1. Harold RICHARDSON, Leicestershire Regt.
  2. Alfred George SIMPSON, Sherwood Rangers
  3. William STEVENSON, Sherwood Foresters

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nottingham county. It apparently became a modern Civil Parish in 1834, but that date is uncertain.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Headon cum Upton, Grove and Stokeham Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches. At last check, their website was under revision.
  • 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.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 42
1821 45
1841 49
1861 43
1871 53
1881 43
1891 35


The children of this parish attended the school in Drayton parish.