Beckingham, Nottinghamshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Beckingham is a village and civil parish about three miles west of Gainsborough Lincolnshire and part of the parish boundary froms the county boundary with neighbouring parish of Gainsborough All Saints, Lincolnshire The parish of Beckingham cum Sundby is one of the most northerly Nottinghamshire parishes and has relied upon the River Trent 3 miles to the east for much of its livelihood. Beckingham Willow Works and Watson's shipbuilders provided much employment for the villagers. The shipbuilders from 1889-1962 exported craft and the Watson family were major benefactors to the village donating land for the School, Institute and Library.

The Ancient Parish of Beckingham All Saints is a 12th century building restored in later centuries.The church has been designated as a grade II* listed building by English Heritage British listed building

It should not be confused with Beckingham, Lincolnshire (now closed) which has an identical dedicatory name.

Southwell and Nottingham Church History project Beckingham

The Methodist church was built in 1895 held its first service in 1896 and closed in 2007; an earlier Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was believed to have been built in 1842 in which year the Bishop of Lincoln granted a license for use as a place of worship within the village.

BECKINGHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Gainsborough, North-Clay division of the wapentake of Bassetlaw, N. division of the county of Nottingham, 3¼ miles (W. by N.) from Gainsborough. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. [1]


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.

Church records

Beckingham parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
TGEN = TheGenealogist - (£)[3]


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

TGEN 1618-1837

Beckingham All Saints

Deposited records at Nottinghamshire Archives Baptisms circa 1615-1900 Marriages circa 1615- 1991 Burials circa 1615- 1916 ( early years of register are difficult to date) Bishop's Transcripts 1634-1865
Nottinghamshire County Council
County Hall
West Bridgford
NG2 7QP telephone: 08449 808080 online

Link to the Family History Library  film numbers in their collection Beckingham

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.

See Nottinghamshire Census

Poor Law Unions

Gainsborough Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 188-194. Date accessed: 30 August 2013.
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  3. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Genealogist, accessed 27 September 2013.