"Winthorpe is a picturesque and well-built village, upon a richly wooded eminence above the Trent, 2 miles north-east by north or Newark. Its parish contains 243 inhabitants and 680 acres of land, and the rateable value is £1,965. At the enclosure in 1757, 82 acres of land was awarded in lieu of tithes.
The church, dedicated to All Saints, stands in the highest part of the village. It was rebuilt of brick in 1778 and 1779, except the south wall. It is a neat, small structure, with a chancel and tower, in which are three bells. The living is a rectory, valued in the King;s books at £7 11s 0½d, now at £100. John Handley Esq. of North Muskham Grange is patron, and the Rev. William Handley M.A. the incumbent. A neat and handsome Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1840, at a cost of £150, and will seat about 120. Mr G.H. Gamble gave the ground and £50, and the rest was raised by subscription. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, which was soc to Newark. Lord Middleton is the principal owner, who purchased the estate in 1832, of Slingsby Duncombe Esq. Winthorpe Hall is an elegant mansion of two storeys, on a rustic basement. It was the seat of the late Roger Pocklington Esq. It is now occupied by Grovernor Hodgkinson Esq., but is the property of Lord Middleton."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the North Collingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1861 R.G. 9 / 2476
1871 R.G. 10 / 3539
1881 R.G. 11 / 3373
1891 R.G. 12 / 2711

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • There was a Christian church here by the mid 12th century.
  • The current church was built on the same site in 1886-88 after the old building fell into disrepair. Some material from that earlier church was used in its construction.
  • The church is on Gainsborough Road.
  • The church is a Grade II structure in English Heritage.
  • Matthew SMITH has a photograph of the new All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Christine HASMAN also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1687 for baptisms, 1697 for burials and 1698 for marriages. The register in the archives is in fair condition..
  • Also, you can search the East Trent Genealogy site for church records.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Newark.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1822, although this chapel was later replaced by a new building in 1849. This chapel was sold as a private residence in the 1900s.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the North Collingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District for Civil Registration.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Winthorpe is a township and a parish located just 2 miles north of Newark and 126 miles north of London. The River Trent is the parish's western boundary. The parish covers only 641 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The Newark Air Museum is located in Winthorpe.
  • Check the village web site.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012. You should stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Winthorpe which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



The Newark Great War Bulletin for 14 September 1914 tells us that Miss Caroline Elizabeth BRANSTON, age 38, and Miss Monica OXENHAN, age 24, both drowned in the Trent during the prior week.



  • Winthorpe Hall is a two storey stone manor house, In 1881 it was the seat of Major George Thomas DUNCOMBE.
  • Christine HASMAN has a photograph of Winthorpe Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK814566 (Lat/Lon: 53.100401, -0.785714), Winthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Winthorpe, Arthur WRIGHT and Amos MEADE, had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion.

RAF Winthorpe opened as a satellite station for RAF Swinderby in 1940. Initially, the Polish squadrons 300 and 301 were stationed here. In November 1941 control of Winthorpe was passed to RAF Ossington. In early February of 1942, control passed to RAF Syerston and concrete runways were laid. In late May, 1945, with the war ended, the station started to close down.



Military Records

The Great War Bulletin for January 1st, 1915; tells us that these men volunteered to fight in the Great War (not all may have been accepted):

  • Arthur Dean
  • J. C. Laules
  • J. V. Meade
  • T. Pearson
  • Chief Petty Officer J. Hickman

The War Memorial plaque in the parish church (moved from the Methodist Church) lists the names of:

  1. Arthur DEAN, lance corporal, 1/8th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 9 Dec 1917.
  2. Arthur Cecil RICHMOND, private, 1/7th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 1 Jul 1916.

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 northern division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT going to do family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark-on-Trent petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • Brewer's Charity, left in 1616, generated £48 in 1881 and was distributed to the poor annually in the form of coal and money.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1757.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 196
1851 243
1871 260
1881 256
1891 277
1901 240


  • A School Board was formed here in 1879.
  • A Board School was built here in 1879, to be shared with Longford parish.
  • The school has its own website, but no history or student archives are found there.