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"Widmerpool is a small, neat village and parish on the sides of two opposite declivities of the Wolds, 9 miles south-south-east of Nottingham. Its parish contains 147 inhabitants, and 2,190 acres of strong clay land, enclosed in 1803, when 460 acres were allotted to the rector in lieu of tithes. Frederick Robinson Esq. is the proprietor, lord of the manor, and patron of this rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £4 16s 0½d, now £222, and enjoyed by the Rev. John Robinson M.A., who rebuilt the rectory house, a handsome gothic mansion, about twenty-three years ago. The church, a neat structure, was rebuilt in 1832, with a handsome gothic spire, but in 1836 it was struck by the electric fluid, which threw down half of the spire, and broke all the glass in the windows. The remaining part of the spire was taken down, and it was finished by a beautiful tower, in which are three bells. The churchyard is ornamentaly planted with evergreens. The General Baptist Chapel was built in 1805." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until 1883.
  • In late 1883, the parish was reassigned to the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2486


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Widmerpool area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, but is now known as "St. Peter's".
  • The date of construction is uncertain, but appears to be 14th Century. The church is on the north side of Old Hall Drive (a private road).
  • The church was rebuilt in 1832.
  • The church spire was struck by lightning in 1836.
  • The church thoroughly restored in 1888.
  • The church seats 170.
  • Carolyn MANSFIELD has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
  • The church is Grade II listed with English Heritage.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1539 and the early records are in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of South Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here by 1853.
  • The Baptists had a chapel built here by 1853.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District until 1883.
  • In late 1883, the parish was reassigned to the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish and small village are in the Wold Hills and lie about 120 miles north of London, 9 miles northeast of Loughborough (in Leicestershire) and 9 miles due southeast of Nottingham. The parish covers 2,106 acres.

The village sits near the junction of several small streams. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is west of the A46 and north of the A6006.
  • Thomas NUGENT has a photograph of Widmerpool from the air on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The village reading room was built in 1889 funded by Mrs. C. G. ROBERTSON.


  • Widmerpool Hall was built in 1872 of Bath and Clipsham stone and has a clocktower.
  • The Hall was the seat of Major George Coke ROBERTSON, 1st Notts Rifle Volunteers, in 1904 thru 1912. In June 1914 he was appointed as the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of Widmerpool Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.
  • The Hall  is a Grade II structure by English Heritage.
  • For several decades at the end of the twentieth century the Hall was the HQ of The Automobile Association Patrol Service Training School, popularly known as 'The AA Academy'.

Military History

  • In 1912, Major George Coke ROBERTSON lived in Widmerpool Hall. The Robertsons were prime benefactors to the parish. The major died in 1924.
  • Two soldiers from the Civil War are buried in the churchyard.
  • There is a framed, pre-printed Roll of Honour on the south wall of the church.  It commemorates all who served in both World Wars.
  • There is a brass plaque just below the Roll of Honour which honours those who fell in battle.

Military Records

You can see a photo of the Roll of Honour and the brass memorial plaque at the Nottinghamshire War Memorial site.

These are five names from the St. Peter's war memorial:

  1. private Arthur ELLSON, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards
  2. private Ralph HALL, Sherwood Foresters
  3. lieutenant Reginald John Allen PALMER, 1st Bn., Wiltshire Regt.
  4. private James RIMMER, 10th Bn Australian Infantry
  5. private Albert SMITH, 10th Bn Lincolnshire Regt.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish does not have a website for its Parish Council. You should volunteer to set one up.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • In 1803 the Common Land was enclosed here.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 206
1851 147
1871 149
1881 148
1891 183
1901 158
1911 175
1921 140
1961 160


The village had a school built for up to 50 children, but in 1912, the attendance was only 24 students.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old School House at Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014. This school was replaced with a new school on the Main Street.