Epperstone is located in the valley of the Dover Beck, 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Southwell. It has an area of 2,343 acres (948 ha), of which 250 acres (100 ha) are wooded. The common was enclosed in 1768, when 254 acres (103 ha) were allotted in lieu of tithes.
In 1086, when the Domesday Survey was published, it was recorded that Epperstone had a church and a priest. Evidence has also been found of a church in Saxon times. The only relics left of any date earlier than that of the existing church are pieces of the font, a finial in the churchyard, and the lower part of the wall of the nave.
The free school was purchased in 1838 with money raised by subscription, and a grant from the National Society. About 100 children are now taught in the school. Litchfield library was founded in 1839 by John Litchfield Esq. It contains 2,250 volumes, on philosophical and miscellaneous subjects, available to all subscribers of sixpence per quarter, paid in advance. The books were kept at the schoolroom till 1843, when the worthy donor erected a neat building, and vested it, together with the library, in the following trustees, for the use of the parishioners of Epperston, viz: John Litchfield Esq., John Barnard Esq., The Rev. Thomas White, and their successors.
According to surveys, the population of Epperstone has fluctuated since 1801, when the first accessible records were made, with the figures being as follows. In 1801, the population was 422. In 1851, this rose to 511, and in 1901, this fell to 262. In 1853 Thomas Holdsworth was principal owner and Lord of the manor, and Thomas Moore, John Towle, John Litchfield, John Thomas, William Barnard, and Henry Sherbrooke Esquires also held estates.
The Cross Keys is a free house in Epperstone that serves meals and drinks.
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