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Perlethorpe is located in Nottinghamshire
Perlethorpe shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 183 (2011)
OS grid reference SK648711
Civil parish
  • Perlethorpe cum Barlby
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWARK
Postcode district NG22
Dialling code 01623
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°13′59″N 1°01′41″W / 53.233°N 1.028°W / 53.233; -1.028Coordinates: 53°13′59″N 1°01′41″W / 53.233°N 1.028°W / 53.233; -1.028

Perlethorpe is a small village in Nottinghamshire. It is located 3 miles north-west of Ollerton, and is in the civil parish of Perlethorpe-cum-Budby. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population in 2001 of 198.[1] reducing to 183 at the 2011 Census.[2] Nearby is Thoresby Hall, the former home of the Earl Manvers.


Perlethorpe is from Old Norse thorp/þrop "village", a place-name element common in Nottinghamshire, and nearby Lincolnshire. The first element of the name, perle is unknown, and toponymists can only speculate as to its origin. However, there are three particularly popular suggestions. The first is "rush of water" from the Old English and Middle English perle. The second is that it's a deviation from the possible original name Palethorpe, pale meaning "area enclosed by a boundary". Lastly it may have been a deviation from Peverelthorpe[3] as William Peverel was a powerful landowner in the area during the reign of Henry II.

Geography and history[edit]

The village green, surrounded by redbrick cottages

The village itself is located about a quarter of a mile west of the A614, about half a mile north of Ollerton and 10 miles north east of Mansfield. The River Meden runs nearby. The village contains a large green, a village hall, a large church (of Saint John the Evangelist) and a village shop. There was once a primary school in the village but that has since been closed down and the building used as an Environmental Education Centre to teach children from many schools about the countryside.

Although the village has a much longer history, the oldest buildings which now remain date back only as far as the middle of the 19th century. The church of St John was built in 1876 and became the parish church in 1877.[3] The half-timbered Almshouses near the church were built c. 1890.[4] Perhaps the most striking buildings are the "Redbrick" buildings, dating from the 1950s which are found clustered around the village green. These, like many of the older dwellings, were used exclusively for workers at Thoresby Hall when they were first built. Roman coins were found in the village in the 2000s.[5] The parish records date from 1529, some 10 years before it became law for them to be kept, making them some of the oldest in the country.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Perlethorpe CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Perlethorpe – History". Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project. Retrieved 10 June 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1979). The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin. 
  5. ^ Portable Antiquities Scheme. "Perlethorpe cum Budby, Nottinghamshire, England: Post medieval trader's token, Derby.". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Perlethorpe at Wikimedia Commons