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St.Giles church, Elkesley - geograph.org.uk - 79432.jpg
St Giles' Church, Elkesley
Elkesley is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population822 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK688755
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRETFORD
Postcode districtDN22
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°16′N 0°58′W / 53.27°N 0.97°W / 53.27; -0.97Coordinates: 53°16′N 0°58′W / 53.27°N 0.97°W / 53.27; -0.97

Elkesley is a village in Nottinghamshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 805,[1] increasing to 822 at the 2011 Census.[2] It is located 6 miles south of Retford.

The parish church of St Giles was built c. 1300 in Decorated style, and was partially reconstructed in 1845.[3] There is also a pub in Elkesley named the Robin Hood and also a small shop and a primary school, which in January 2008, 82 pupils attended.[citation needed]


Elkesley seems to contain the Old English personal name, Ealac', + lēah (Old English) a forest, wood, glade, clearing; (later) a pasture, meadow., so 'Ealac's wood/clearing'.[4]

A1 road[edit]

Elkesley is highly unusual in that it is only accessible by a dual carriageway, the A1 road.[5][6] The residents have been campaigning for a bridge for over twenty years.[citation needed]

The Highways Agency (HA) has acknowledged that access to and from the village is difficult and implemented a temporary speed limit of 50 mph in the 1990s.[6] The HA started a consultation in 2005, with an exhibition held at Elkesley village hall in February 2008. A Public Inquiry was planned for 2010 but postponed pending the outcome of the Spending Review.[6]

In 2013, construction began on a bridge connecting Elkesley to the A1 road. It opened in mid-late 2015.


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "Area: Elkesley CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. p.121. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
  4. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p.78; A.D.Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p.126; E .Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p.163
  5. ^ "£5 million plans to improve access at A1 Elkesley, near Retford, to go on display to the public". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  6. ^ a b c "A1 Elkesley Junctions Improvement". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008.

External links[edit]

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