"Syerston, another parochial chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of East Stoke, is a small village, 6 miles south-west of Newark, on the east side of the Newark and Bingham road. It contains 208 inhabitants and 805 acres of land, of the rateable value of £1,400. It was enclosed in 1794, when allotments were made for the tithes to the vicar and prebendary of Stoke. Syerston Hall is a neat, modern, brick mansion, on an eminence, half a mile west of the village, and is the seat of George Fillingham Esq., who is lord of the manor, and principal owner of the land.
The church, All Saints, is a small fabric, with chancel and tower, 1½ miles south of Stoke. A feast is held on the first Sunday after Lammas."
[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 / 862
1851 H.O. 107 / 2134
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3534
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The oldest part of the existing building appears to be the tower which is of 13th century origin.
  • The church was restored in 1896.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • Bob DANYLEC also has a photograph of All Saints Church on a bright, sunny day on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1567 for marriages, and 1569 for baptisms and burials.
  • The Society of Genealogists, have parish records from about 1575 to almost 1905.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here on Hawkesworth Road in 1847.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are 6 miles south-west of Newark-on-Trent. The parish only covers 770 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Syerston is on the A46 (the old "Foss Way") approximately 5 miles SW of Newark.
  • A Ramblers' Walk is a great way to see the countryside.
You can see pictures of Syerston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Syerston Village Hall committee schedules an annual Flower Festival each midsummer.
  • You might want to pick up a copy of "Memories of a Villager : Syerston Village [Plough Monday]," by Ruth KIRKLAND, 1960. A copy is available at the Nottinghamshire Archives, ref: DD121/1/60.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK747475 (Lat/Lon: 53.019594, -0.887867), Syerston which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Syerston, G. S. COOPER and T. BAGULEY, had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion.
  • RAF Syerston was a late starter in World War II, built in the late 1930s due to concerns about German aggression. The base lies mostly in Flintham parish, but Syerston is happy to claim the name.
  • A Vulcan bomber crashed at RAF Syerston field in 1958.
  • No. 644 Volunteer Gliding School, is located at Royal Air Force, Syerston, Newark, Notts.

Names, Geographical

  • The name is often found spelled as "Sireston".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry of East Stoke parish in Nottingham county but it became a separate modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • In March, 1884, this Civil Parish gave up Elston Grange to enlarge Elston Civil Parish, but Syerston gained 160 acres as its boundaries were revised.
  • The citizens of this Civil Parish decided to forgo a formal Parish Council. They have scheduled, periodic Parish Meetings to discuss and vote on civic and political issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1795.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 109
1811 137
1831 138
1841 208
1851 241
1881 165
1901 123