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Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNottinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBilsthorpe St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionSouthwell 

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Land and Property

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DistrictNewark and Sherwood
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNG22
Post TownNewark