"Walkeringham Parish extends from Gringley-on-the-Hill to Walkrith Ferry, on the Trent, and contains 608 inhabitants and 2,854 acres of land, of which, at the enclosure in 1802, an allotment of 349a 1r 25p was awarded to Trinity College, as a commutation of the rectorial tithes, and 157a 2r 11p to the vicar in lieu of the small tithes. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, and owner of a great portion of the soil, but Earl Manvers, R. Capes Esq., Mr Thomas Williamson with some others, have estates here. Walkeringham is a straggling village, nearly a mile in length, four miles north-west of Gainsborough and 9 miles east by south of Bawtry on the road, and about one mile from the ferry, which crosses the Trent to Walkrith, in Lincolnshire.
The church is a large ancient pile, dedicated to St Mary Magdalen, and was given to Worksop Priory by William de Lovetot in the reign of Henry I. It is now in the appropriation and patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge. The vicarage, which is now enjoyed by the Rev. J.K. Miller M.A., is valued in the King's books at £7 11s 5d, now £180. A Methodist chapel was built here in 1796, and has since been enlarged. In 1850 a large school, with a house for the master, was erected near the church by subscription."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

Although the Gainsborough Library is closer, the Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



  • Walkeringham has a Cemetery just outside the village to the south-west, on Mill Lane.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Cemetery gates on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph inside of Walkeringham Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.


  • The parish was in the Misterton sub-district in the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2407
1871 R.G. 10 / 3443
1891 R.G. 12 / 2633

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen.
  • The church dates from the 13th century.
  • The church seats 240.
  • The church is a Grade I structure with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary Magdalene Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1605 and is in good condition.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Bawtry.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1886. This is now a private residence.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.
  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here prior to 1912.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Walkeringham is a village and a parish 150 miles north of London, 11 miles north-east of East Retford and 4 miles north-west from Gainsborough. The parish is separated from Lincolnshire by the River Trent.

The Walkeringham Village Hall on Stockwith Road is available to hire for your family re-union.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Bricks were made here in the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • P. L. CHADWICK has a photograph of the Fox and Hounds Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • These are the names associated with the "Fox and Hounds" in various directories:
Year Proprietor
1853 John FENTON, vict.
1869 Thomas STAMP, farmer
1881 John STAMP
1912 John STAMP
  • Walkeringham has been devastated by floods in recent years. The 2007 flooding damaged much of the village.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK771922 (Lat/Lon: 53.420974, -0.841308), Walkeringham which are provided by:


Military History

A war Memorial plaque was placed inside the St. Mary's church to honor those who died in World War I.


Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard from World War I:

  1. Charles William OTTER, priv., 62nd Btn. Machine Gun Corps, age 26, died 9 Sept. 1918. Son of Bingham and Selina OTTER.

The names listed on the bronze plaque in the middle of the church's north wall are:

  1. ----- Name -----        Age    Died
  2. W. H. NICHOLSON, 18, 8 Aug. 1915
  3. ALBERT H. BRANNICK, 31, 9 Aug. 1915
  4. HENRY BURDEN, 24, 16 Nov. 1915
  5. THOMAS H. CLARK, 27, 15 Dec. 1915
  6. ERNEST BURDEN, 22, 5 June 1916
  7. DAVID BRANNICK, 16, 1 July 1916
  8. WALTER GRAHAM, 33, 1 July 1916
  9. ERNEST VERNON, 19, 29 Oct. 1916
  10. REUBEN ATKINSON, 20, 19 Nov. 1916
  11. THOMAS STYRING, 24, 1 March 1917
  12. RALPH FOX, 33, 14 June 1917
  13. JOHN ELLIOTT, 26, 15 July 1917
  14. HARRY P. SPENCER, 23, 31 July 1917
  15. HENRY LOBLEY, 22, 1 Oct. 1917
  16. HARRY E. WINFIELD, 19, 23 Oct. 1917
  17. JOHN W. HILL, 21, 24 Dec. 1917
  18. JOSEPH CAVE, 28, 22 March 1918
  19. JAMES WALKENSHAW, 43, 31 March 1918
  20. FRANCIS MIDDLETON, 31, 22 April 1918
  21. ARTHUR LOCKWOOD, 39, 24 April 1918
  22. CHARLES W. OTTER, 26, 9 July 1918
  23. EDWARD HARRISON, 32, 11 Aug. 1918
  24. THOMAS HORBERRY, 20, 6 Sept. 1918
  25. ALFRED E. SCRAFIELD, 29, 18 Oct. 1918
  26. FRANK WOODHEAD, 19, 18 Oct. 1918
  27. SAM SMITH, 19, 5 Nov. 1918

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the North Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Walkeringham parish council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT assist you with family history searches.
  • 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.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1802.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Gainsborough Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 419
1851 608
1861 683
1901 718




A Public Elementary School was built here in 1850 by the parish vicar. The school was enlarged in 1914.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Walkeringham Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.