"Thurgarton is a pleasant village and parish, situated at the foot of a declivity overlooking the vale of the Trent, three miles south of Southwell. It contains 385 inhabitants and 2,477 acres of land, enclosed about 80 years ago, when land was allotted for the tithes to Trinity College, Cambridge, which has the patronage of the curacy, and about one third of the lordship. The greater part of the remainder belongs to Richard Milward Esq., who is lord of the manor, and who resides at Thurgarton Priory, a large handsome mansion. The grounds about it rise in gentle swells, and are agreeably diversified with wood and water. The worthy owner has made great improvements since the estate came into his possession. The old Priory was taken down about 90 years ago by J.G. Cooper Esq., who erected the present mansion on its site, the cellars of which are the only portions of the religious sanctuary that now remain. The ancient priory was founded in 1130 by Ralph de Ayncourt, for canons of the order of St Augustine. He dedicated it to St Peter, and left God's favour to his heirs if they preserved it, but God's anger and curse if they did not. It possessed, at the dissolution, a yearly revenue of £259 15s 10d. The antiquary must be allowed to lament the false taste which dictated the destruction of so noble a monument of ancient grandeur. The Rev. Thomas Coates Cane also has an estate here."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

You have two very useful Libraries to help in your search:



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Thurgarton Graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.



  • 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 / 867
1861 R.G. 9 / 2472
1871 R.G. 10 / 3533
1881 R.G. 11 / 3369
1891 R.G. 12 / 2708

Church History

  • There was a priest and a church here for the 1086 Domesday Book. Traces of that church were found in the 1950s.
  • A Priory of Austin Canons was founded here around 1130 by Ralph de Ayncourt.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1853.
  • The church seats 430.
  • You can read a more complete history of the church at the Southwell Churches History Project site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • Andrew ABBOTT has a fine photograph of St. Peter's church tower on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1721. Earlier records were lost in 1780.
  • The church was in the #2 deanery of Nottingham.
  • The church is currently in the Newark and Southwell Deanery.
  • The Thurgarton Methodist Church was erected in 1833. In 1927, this wooden building was replaced by a more permanent building on Bleasby Road.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.

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 lies about 11 miles north-west of Nottingham and about 3 miles directly south of Southwell. The River Trent runs about a mile away to the south-east of the village. The parish covers about 2,770 acres. Gonalston parish lies to the south-west and Bleasby parish to the south-east.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • The village is on the A612 south out of Southwell, and north of the A6097 trunk road.
  • The village is served by a regular bus service to Southwell and Nottingham.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Thurgarton railway station on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016. He notes that the station is a long walk from the village centre.
  • Roger GEACH also has a photograph of the Railway Station on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
You can see pictures of Thurgarton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • In 1880, the village had a station on the Midland Railway. Mr. John KIND was the station master.
  • Almost the entire village is designated as a conservation area, and includes at least ten listed buildings.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the former Coach and Horses Inn on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2017.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK692492 (Lat/Lon: 53.035612, -0.969479), Thurgarton which are provided by:


Military History

  • A white Portland stone War Memorial was erected in front of the post office in the village in 1919. The post office in now a beauty shop.
  • The memorial was restored and rededicated in 2010.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.
  • Ian S. also has a phtograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.
  • The church has an illuminated Roll of Honour which lists the parishioners who served in the First World War. The names of those men who were killed in action, died of wounds, or were posted 'missing' are annotated accordingly. There is also a pre-printed Roll of Honour with the names of all who served in the war added in manuscript. The names of those who died are annotated 'RIP'.

Military Records

These are the names on the War Memorial:

First World War

  1. Charles BAYLAY - Charles Baylay
  2. William BENTLEY - John William Bentley
  3. Harry FISHER - Harry Fisher
  4. Arthur MARSON - Arthur James Marson
  5. Thomas PALING - Thomas Paling
  6. George SMITH - George Henry Smith
  7. Richard THORNTON - Richard Lacey Thornton
  8. William TYLER - William James Tyler
  9. Thomas UPTON - Thomas Francis Joseph Upton
  10. Guy USBORNE - Thomas Richard Guy Usborne
  11. Vincent WARRINER - John Vincent Warrener

The name of Thomas Paling was added in 2010.

Second World War

  1. Jack Allwood
  2. Geoffrey Fletcher


The village has a periodic newsletter called Thurgarton People. Copies should be available in local libraries.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Thurgarton Hundred in the Southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Thurgarton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but do NOT expect them to do family history lookups for you.
  • District gvernanace is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.



Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings on alternate Fridays.
  • A charity consisting of the interest on £150 was distributed to the poor on Easter and Christmas.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 334
1821 330
1841 365
1851 385
1861 361
1871 332
1881 328
1891 303
1901 321


  • By 1869, there was a National School here. The school was established to provide free education for 12 boys of Thurgarton.