"Walesby Parish includes the hamlets of Walesby and Willoughby, extending northward from Kirton to Bevercotes, under the abrupt declivity which divides the Hatfield and South Clay divisions, and westward to the River Idle. It contains 362 inhabitants, and 1,429a 1r 24p of land, all of which is a fertile sand, except the eastern side about Willoughby, which is a strong clay, and several hop-yards are in this district. The open fields were enclosed in 1821, when 152a 3r 27p were awarded to the rector in lieu of the tithes of the whole parish. Walesby is a scattered village, halfway betwixt Tuxford and Ollerton, 3½ miles west of the former, and the same distance north-east of the latter. After the Conquest, the parish was of several fees, and Reginald Ursell gave to the monks of Rufford, "in pure alms, the service which Robert de Lexington was wont to do him for one bovate that he held of him in Walesy, viz. a pair of spurs of iron, or 2d yearly, with all reliefs, wards, excheats &c." Several other parcels of land were subsequently given to the same monastery, and after the dissolution passed to the Earl of Shrewsbury. The Duke of Newcastle and the Earl of Shrewsbury are now the principal owners, and the latter is lord of the manor and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £6 1s 2d, now £154, and is enjoyed by the Rev. Roger Pocklington M.A."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Kneesall sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 852
1861 R.G. 9 / 2475
1871 R.G. 10 / 3538
1891 R.G. 12 / 2710

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edmund.
  • Most of the church building is from the 13th and 14th century. It appears that the north wall was rebuilt in 16th century.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Edmund's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of St. Edmund's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1579.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford (No. 2 deanery of Retford).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here before 1869.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of the disused Wesleyan Methodist Church in Chapel Street on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • Tim HEATON also has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Walesby is both a village and a parish sitting 141 miles north of London, about 3.5 miles north-east of Ollerton and 3.5 miles west of Tuxford. The parish covers 1,260 acres.

The hamlet of Willoughby is in this parish, a half mile north-east of Walesby village. Haughton is a former village and parish that are now part of Walesby parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B6387 arterial road north out of Ollerton. The B6387 passes through the west edge of the village of Walesby.
You can see pictures of Walesby which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The village used to hold a "sheep-clipping" and annual feast on the Wednesday nearest to the 25th of June.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Carpenters Arms Inn on Boughton Road on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • These are the names associated with the "Carpenters Arms" in various directories:
Year Person
1853 Geo. ARNOLD, joiner
1869 William LACEY
1881 William LACEY
1912 Alfred SHARP


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK683707 (Lat/Lon: 53.228959, -0.978326), Walesby which are provided by:


Military History

There is a white stone tablet with black lettering inside St. Edmund's Church. It is a Roll of Honour for those who died AND those who served. The tablet covers World War One, but two names from World War Two have been inserted on the bottom.


Military Records

There is a War Memorial (Roll of Honour) plaque in the church on the south wall. To see the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.


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 Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Walesby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1821.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 250
1851 362
1861 327
1871 286
1881 282
1891 274
1901 261
1911 233
1921 257
1931 336


  • A school was endowed here in 1760 by Rev. Richard JACKSON.
  • A National School was built here before 1869.