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Averham is located in Nottinghamshire
Averham shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 294 (2011)
OS grid reference SK7654
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG23
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
53°05′N 0°52′W / 53.08°N 0.86°W / 53.08; -0.86Coordinates: 53°05′N 0°52′W / 53.08°N 0.86°W / 53.08; -0.86

Averham /ˈɛərəm/ is a village and civil parish in the Newark and Sherwood district of Nottinghamshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 187, increasing to 294 at the 2011 Census.[1] The village is just west of Newark-on-Trent. Staythorpe Power Station is south-west of the village.


St Michael's Church

Averham is the location of Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Averham, which is a Grade I listed building.[2]

Theatrical tradition[edit]

Averham weir at high water

For many decades, the village has been famous locally for staging plays. The Robin Hood Theatre:

[S]tands in the quiet village of Averham (old spelling Ayrham) village 3 miles from Newark and 5 miles from Southwell. The theatre was built in the grounds of Averham rectory in 1913. It was designed by the Rev. Joseph Cyril Walker and built by the village carpenter, Robert Lee, assisted by local voluntary labour. The full name chosen for the theatre at that time was the Robin Hood Opera House.[3]

The theatre, however:

…closed in 1951, and reopened ten years later under a charitable trust. It has struggled financially. In 1980 the County Council took over the trusteeship.[4]

The BBC said of Averham's theatrical tradition:

[T]raditionally, the Cambridge Footlights brigade presented a performance at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, where they tested out material from which to select sketches and skits for the Edinburgh Fringe shows.[5]

Robin Hood Youth Theatre[edit]

The Youth section of the Robin Hood Theatre has 20 members, under the leadership of Chris Lebeter and Adele Charlesworth. They perform regularly in the Nottingham And Nottinghamshire Drama Association Festival, winning in the categories Best Overall Play and Best Entertainment.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Michael, Averham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  4. ^ Holme lock to Cromwell weir
  5. ^ BBC – Comedy – Shows A-Z Index

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