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Mattersey, Nottinghamshire

Historical Description

Mattersey or Mattersea, a village and a parish in Notts. The village stands on the river Idle, 2 miles E of Kanskill station on the G.N.R., and 3½ SE of Bawtry; was once a market-town, and has a post office under Bawtry; money order office, Everton; telegraph office, Eanskill (E.S.) The parish contains also the hamlet of Thorpe or Mattersey Thorpe, 1 mile NW of the village. Acreage, 2459; population, 322. The manor belonged anciently to the Maresays, was given before 1192 to a Gilbertine priory then founded on it, passed to the Nevilles, the Hickmans, and others, and belongs now to the Duke of Portland. Eemains of the priory still stand about a mile from the village. Blaco Hill, about a mile SE of the village, is 118 feet high. There are sand pits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £170 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Chester. The church has an embattled tower, and contains two curious carvings found in 1804, and supposed to have belonged to the priory. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed school.

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 parishMattersey All Saints 
Poor Law unionEast Retford 

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Land and Property

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDN10
Post TownDoncaster