Bilsthorpe, a small village and a parish in Notts, in Sherwood Forest, 5½ miles NW of Southwell, and 2 from Farnsfield station on the M.R. Post town, Southwell. Acreage of parish, 1580; population, 203. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to G. de Gaunt, and passed to the Foljambes, the Broughtons, and others. The old manor-house stood near the church, and is said to have given shelter for a short time to Charles I. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £395 with residence. The church is small, and contains several interesting monuments. The lower part of the font is Norman.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Bilsthorpe St. Margaret|
|Poor Law union||Southwell|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Bilsthorpe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Bilsthorpe (St. Margaret))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Nottinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Bilsthorpe are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Nottinghamshire newspapers online:
- Nottingham Evening Post
- Nottinghamshire Guardian
- Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties
- Nottingham Gazette, and Political, Literary, Agricultural & Commercial Register for the Midland Counties
The Visitation of Nottinghamshire 1569 & 1614 is available on the Heraldry page.