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Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire
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Newark St+Mary+Magdalene +Nottinghamshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Newark-upon-Trent
County Nottinghamshire
Poor Law Union Newark PLU
Registration District Newark
Records begin
Parish registers: 1848
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Newark
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Nottinghamshire Record Office

NEWARK-UPON-TRENT (St. Mary Magdalene), a borough, market-town, and parish, having exclusive jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the S. division of the wapentake of Newark, S. division of the county of Nottingham, 20 miles (N. E.) from Nottingham. The town does not appear to have been incorporated before the 3rd of Edward VI. There are places of worship for General and Particular Baptists; Independents; Calvinistic, Primitive, and Wesleyan Methodists; and Roman Catholics: the chapel of the Roman Catholics, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was completed in July 1837.[1]

Additional information:

Newark-on-Trent (generally shortened to Newark) St Mary Magdalene is an Ancient Parish and market town; the parish boundary includes  Sconce Hill and Greenfield.

The church history is available at Newark St Mary Magdalene

The Church of St Mary Magdalene has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See also Newark-on-Trent Wikipedia and Church of St Mary Magdalene Newark Wikipedia

From this parish the district church of Newark on Trent Christ Church, Nottinghamshire was formed in 1847 to minister to the growing development of the southern part of the town.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

This parish was from 1837 within Newark registration district

Certificates can be obtained from:

The Register Office
County Offices
Balderton Gate
NG24 1UW
01636 705455
01636 679259

Church records

Newark St Mary Magdalene parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
1599-1753, 1790-1837

Deposited records at Nottinghamshire Archives Baptisms 1601-1916 Marriages 1600-1909 Burials 1630-1905 Bishops transcripts 1599-1839
Nottinghamshire County Council
County Hall
West Bridgford
NG2 7QP telephone: 08449 808080 online

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Newark

The Register of Newark, Balderton Gate, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, A transcription of baptisms 1795-1837, giving when born, when baptised, child's given name, parents given name, then surname, and abode, and trade or profession of the father.  Also there is a list of Officiating Ministers, 1795-1837 and burials 1811-1856 giving sunrmae, given name, age, abode, cause of death, and date interred.  Article is in the Nottinghamshire Family History Society Magazine, vol. 53, pages 42-54, FHL Ref 942.52 D25n, and the original is in the Public Record Office, London, RG 3193 and 3961, also held at the Nottinghamshire Record Office MR 5/34/2-7.

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 474569.

See Nottinghamshire Census

Court Records

Peters, Doreen.  Christmas Adjourned Quarter Sessions 1864. Extract from the Newark Advertiser 1864.

A list of the Grand Jury, where they lived and their employment, of the Christmas Adjourned Quarter Sessions for Nottinhghamshire, 1863, and published in the Newark Advertiser March 1864. Article in Nottinghamshire Family History Soc. Magazine vol.119 page 60, FHL Ref. 942.52 D25n


Peters, Doreen.  The Dispensary Ball Newark 1864.  List of 242 names of those who attended the Dispensary Ball for the benefit of the Newark Hospital and Dispensary, extracted from the Newark Advertiser 27 January 1864.  Article in The Nottinghamshire Family History Soc. Magazine, vol.123, pages 41-42, FHL Ref. 942.52 D25n


The Jolly Bargeman Ledger.  The Jolly Bargeman was an Inn on the banks of the river Trent, next to Collingham Wharf, 8 miles north of Newark.  They give a Weights and Measures used in the Ledger with their metric equivalent.  The index gives surname, first name, if given, the date of the ledger entry, year of the ledger entry, an address, if given, the person's probably occupation, and the "Rates anmd Rent, and the products carried dating 1857-1882.  Article is at the Nottinghamshire Family History Society Magazine, vol.108, pages 1-57, Family History Library Ref. 942.52 D25n

Newton, M. Nottingham Journal - of Newark, Gainsborough, Retford, Worksop, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Grantham and Sheffield Advertiser - January 11th 1800, Nottinghamshire Regiement of militia - List of Volunteers Discharged into his Majesty's Regular Forces.  Article gives date of Discharge, persons name, and Parish dated July 22nd-November 10th.  Article in the Nottinghamshire Family History Society Magazine, vol. 88 pages 24-27, FHL Ref 942.52 D25n

Poor Law Unions

Newark Poor Law Union, Nottinghamshire

Newark Union Workhouse-Bowbridge Road, Newark.  This article has a transcription of the Admission book, those born at the Workhouse, and those that died in the Workhouse up to 1920.  It has the names in alphabetical order date born, from what parish, what they did for a job, the date admitted etc. Article ranges in dates from 1783-1920.  Article in the Nottinghamshire Family History Soc. Magazine vol.119 pages1-27, Family History Library Ref. 942.52 D25n v.119

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Nottinghamshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Voting Registers

1774 Poll List for Newark Upon Trent.  This is an aphabetical listing giving surname, and given name of the Poll taken in 1774, in Newark Upon Trent at the election for Representatives in Parliament. Another one was taken in 1790, and 1795.  Article in the Nottinghamshire Family History Society Magazine, vol. 90, pages 1-79, FHL Ref 942.52 D25n



  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted, date accessed: 08 December 2013.
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.


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