Fiskerton, Nottinghamshire

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Fiskerton is a small village in Nottinghamshire, England on the west bank of the River Trent about 3 miles southeast of Southwell. Until the 1950s there was a ferry boat service over to the other side of the River Trent at Stoke Field.[1] Fiskerton Mill lies on the River Greet a few hundred yards upstream from its junction with the River Trent.[2]

Fiskerton Ferry from a tinted postcard c.1907

Fiskerton Windmill was a wooden postmill with a substantial brick roundhouse, standing off Station Road. A mill was marked at this site on Chapman's map of 1774. The mill ceased working some time in the last quarter of the 19th century. Only the roundhouse now remains.[3]

The village's location beside the Trent attracts walkers, picnickers and casual visitors in summer.[4] The village has a riverside pub called the Bromley Arms.[5]

The village of Fiskerton is also known in Evangelical Christian circles as the homeplace of Henri and Connie Staples,[6] who lived there from 1964 to 2000[7] and regularly held 'revival meetings' in the Methodist Chapel.[8]

Richard Thomas Parker, who murdered his mother in Fiskerton in 1864, was the last person to be publicly hanged in Nottingham.

Fiskerton Cell[edit]

The village may have been home to a small monastic cell of Augustinian Canons, dependent on the nearby Thurgarton Priory. It may have been founded around 1139, and Ralph D'Aincourt (son of Walter D'Aincourt) is listed as a possible founder.[9]

Doubt has been cast, however, on whether it was truly a monastic cell or a just a chapel/church. Ralph D'Aincourt founded the nearby Thurgarton Priory circa 1119-39, and gave the village of Fiskerton to that priory as part of its endowment.[10] It is thought, therefore, that Fiskerton was not a cell but just a village chapel, with the canons of Thurgarton Priory serving as priests.[11] The cell/chapel was believed to be dedicated to Saint Mary. There are no remains and its location has been lost.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nottspubs.co.uk/walks/mortonwalk.html Pub Walks - Morton, Fiskerton, Bleasby and River Trent
  2. ^ http://www.igreens.org.uk/fiskerton_mill.htm Fiskerton mill on the river Greet (pictures)
  3. ^ Shaw, T. (1995). Windmills of Nottinghamshire. Page 21. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-900986-12-3
  4. ^ http://www.newarkcamra.org.uk/pubguide/pubs/bromley.htm Newark Camra area pub guide
  5. ^ http://www.newarkcamra.org.uk/pubguide/towns/fiskerton.htm Newark Camra Pub Guide: Bromley Arms, Fiskerton
  6. ^ http://glory-people.org/testimonies/Cstaples.htm The Glory People: Connie Staples
  7. ^ http://fiskerton.org/ Henri's Revivals Fiskerton
  8. ^ http://www.glory-people.org/about/History.htm The Glory People: History
  9. ^ Cobbett, William (1827). A History of the Protestant "Reformation," in England and Ireland. 
  10. ^ Houses of Austin canons: The priory of Shurgarton, Victoria County History: A History of the County of Nottingham: Volume 2, William Page (ed), 1910
  11. ^ MONUMENT NO. 322463, English Heritage: PastScape
  12. ^ ST MARYS CHAPEL, English Heritage: PastScape

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Coordinates: 53°03′07″N 0°54′14″W / 53.052°N 0.904°W / 53.052; -0.904