In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bilsthorpe like this:
BILSTHORPE,-a parish in Southwell district, Notts: in Sherwood forest, 5¾ miles NW of Southwell r. station. Post Town, Kirklington, under Southwell. Acres, 1,572. Real property, £1,703. Pop., 197. Houses, 44. The property is much subdivided. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to G. de Gaunt; and passed to the Foljambes, the Broughtons, and others. The old manor-house stood near the church; and is said to have given shelter, for a short time, to Charles I. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £360.* Patron, the Earl of Scarborough. The church is small, and contains several interesting monuments.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Bilsthorpe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Newark and Sherwood. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bilsthorpe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bilsthorpe, in Newark and Sherwood and Nottinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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