Flintham is an English village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire, seven miles (11.3 km) from Newark-on-Trent, opposite RAF Syerston on the A46. Its population was 597 at the 2011 Census.[1] The Ham class minesweeper HMS Flintham was named after the village.

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St Augustine of Canterbury Church, Flintham
Flintham is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population597 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWARK
Postcode districtNG23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°59′N 0°54′W / 52.983°N 0.900°W / 52.983; -0.900


The Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Augustine of Canterbury and has "a Victorian nave attached to a Norman tower and chancel."[2] It now belongs to the Fosse Group of parishes, with St Peter's Church, East Bridgford, St Helen's Church, Kneeton, St Wilfrid's Church, Screveton, and St Mary's Church, Car Colston. A service is held about once a month.[3]

The village has a primary school, with an enrolment of 108 in 2009,[4] a village hall (the old school building),[5] and a cricket pavilion. Its one pub, the Boot and Shoe Inn, is in Main Street. In addition there is a volunteer shop called Flintham Community Shop, and a museum of rural life.[6] Several gardens are opened to the public for one summer weekend a year.[7]

Flintham Football Club was founded in 1969.


The place-name Flintham seems to contain an Old English personal name, Flinta, + hām (Old English), a village, a manor, an estate or a homestead, so probably, "Flinta's homestead or village".[8] The hard grey rock, flint, does not exist in the neighbourhood.[9]


White's Directory of Nottinghamshire described Flintham in 1853 as:

"a pleasant and well-built village, 6½ miles south-west by south of Newark, including within its parish 637 inhabitants and 2,110 acres (8.5 km2) of rich loamy land, at a rateable value of £3,324, which was enclosed about the year 1780, when 172 acres (0.70 km2) were allotted to the vicar, and about 300 acres (1.2 km2) to Trinity College, in lieu of tithes, exclusive of 165 acres (0.67 km2) which had previously belonged to the said college. The greater part of the parish belongs to Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard Esq., but Francis Fryer Esq., Richard Hall Esq. and John Clark Esq. have also estates here. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, which he holds in fee of the King's Duchy of Lancaster, together with several others in this neighbourhood. His Grace has no land here except 6 acres (2.4 ha) allotted to him at the enclosure. Flintham Hall, which has been successively the seat of the Husseys, Hackers, Woodhouses, Disneys,[a] Fytches and Thorotons, is now the residence of Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard Esq. It is a handsome modern edifice, erected on the site of the ancient mansion. It owes many of its present beauties to the late Col. Hildyard."[11]

Hildyard familyEdit

Victorian conservatory, Flintham Hall

Col. Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard (1752–1814), was MP for Grantham.[12] As a colonel in the Coldstream Guards, Thoroton Hildyard served with British forces in the American War of Independence.[13] He was also a longstanding friend and advisor to John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, to whom he was related.[13] His grandson Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard (1821–1888), son of Thomas Blackborne Hildyard (1788–1830),[14] also lived at Flintham Hall and was educated at Eton and Oxford.

In 1846 Hildyard entered political life as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the southern division of Nottinghamshire.[15] It was a toughly contested election. Hildyard was supported, according to the University of Nottingham, by the 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyme "in spite of the fact that Newcastle's son, the Earl of Lincoln, was his opponent. Lincoln attacked Hildyard's youth and inexperience, but the 'young squire' still defeated him by a majority of almost 700. Hildyard held South Nottinghamshire from 1846 until 1852. He was re-elected in 1866. He then continued to represent the South Nottinghamshire constituency until his retirement in 1885."[16]

The name of the Hildyard family of Flintham was initially Thoroton.[17] Col. Hildyard, father of MP Hildyard, was formerly called Thomas Blackborne Thoroton. The second son of Thomas Hildyard, formerly Thomas Thoroton, took holy orders and became a rector. In 1816 the Rev. Levett Thoroton married in London the daughter of Sir Alexander Cray Grant, 8th Baronet of Dalvey, Elgin, Scotland, and MP.[18] Rev. Levett Thoroton later became a rector in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where his family owned land,[19] but changed his name to Hildyard in 1815 on marrying a Hildyard heiress, the niece of Sir Robert d'Arcy Hildyard, 4th and last Baronet, who died without issue leaving his estate to his niece.[20][21] Col. Thoroton Hildyard was descended from Mary (Levett) Blackborne, who was the daughter of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London[22] and the widow of merchant Abraham Blackborne,[23] and her second husband Robert Thoroton of Screveton Hall, Nottinghamshire.[24] (Robert Thoroton and his wife Mary became parties to a contentious lawsuit with the Blackborne family heirs — Thoroton vs. Blackborne — over an enormous estate left by William Hewer, longtime friend of diarist and Secretary of the Admiralty Samuel Pepys.)[25]

Myles Thoroton HildyardEdit

In 2005 the family's best-known representative, Myles Thoroton Hildyard, landowner and historian, died at Flintham. Hildyard, a Cambridge-educated landowner and historian, won the Military Cross for a daring escape from a prisoner-of-war camp after the Battle of Crete.[26] He also became known for his work at Flintham Hall, a Grade I listed house, which The Independent noted in its obituary of Hildyard, has been described as "perhaps the most gloriously romantic Victorian house in England."[27] Hildyard became known in the community for his good fellowship. "Flintham was, for the years Myles Hildyard was its guardian," noted The Independent in its obituary, "a most remarkable place to visit. Not just because of the beauty and richness of its physical surroundings, but also because he himself was so remarkable a person. 'He was, in a way,' writes Antony Beevor,[28] 'the local equivalent of Nancy Mitford's Lord Merlin.' At Flintham he encouraged and received a stream of visitors young and old, who brought lively conversation, stimulation and enjoyment to a house which, when his father inherited, had been a rather forbidding and lifeless place."[29]

Flintham HallEdit

Flintham Hall

Flintham Hall is a grade I-listed country house in the Flintham estate, on the western edge of Flintham village. It was built in 1798 on the site of an earlier house bought from the Disney family by Thomas Thoroton in 1789. It was extended in 1820–1830 by the architect Lewis Wyatt for the British Army Colonel. T. Thoroton and again remodelled in 1853–1859 by George Thomas Hine for Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard. It is built on two and three storeys, 11 bays wide and 3 bays deep with an attached glassed Victorian conservatory. The conservatory, influenced by London's Crystal Palace, is the finest of its type left in England.[30][31]

The Thoroton Hildyard family continues to reside at the Hall.[32][33] Flintham Hall, now the home of Myles's nephew Sir Robert Hildyard and his wife Lucy, was recently chief location for "Easy Virtue," a movie based on the Noël Coward play.[34] It was also used in And When Did You Last See Your Father?, a film starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, directed by Anand Tucker,

The village has a circular brick pinfold resembling those at Screveton and Scarrington.[35] A windmill stood in Broad Marsh field from 1779 to 1847 (grid reference SK742462).[36]

Plough Boy's playEdit

Flintham is one of twenty or so places in Nottinghamshire where the local historian Maurice Barley (1909–1991) found evidence of a traditional English Plough Boy's Play being performed. It consists of 151 lines of text and involves seven characters. It was last performed in Flintham in 1925.[37]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 April 2016..
  2. ^ FLINTHAM, Flintham: St Augustine of Canterbury Church – Nottinghamshire |Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.
  3. ^ Fosse Group Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ Ofsted report [reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/932139/urn/122643.pdf Retrieved 9 April 2016.]
  5. ^ Village site Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  6. ^ "The Flintham Museum Collection". Flintham-museum.org.uk. 16 October 2013..
  7. ^ Village site Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  8. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer and F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p. 224; A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p. 140; E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 182.
  9. ^ J. Gover, et al, ibid.
  10. ^ [1].
  11. ^ White's Directory of Nottinghamshire (1853),p. 429.
  12. ^ Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval (2001) [1903-1911]. The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: Mortimer-Percy Volume (Republished ed.). Heritage Books. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-7884-1872-3.
  13. ^ a b Some Account of the Military, Political and Social Life of the Right Hon. John Manners, Marquis of Granby, Walter Evelyn Manners, Macmillan and Co. Limited, London, 1899.
  14. ^ "Biography of Colonel Thomas Blackborne Hildyard (1788-1830) – The University of Nottingham". www.nottingham.ac.uk.
  15. ^ Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, Thomas Curson Hansard, Great Britain Parliament, Vol. XCV, G. Woodfall and Son, London, 1848.
  16. ^ Thomas Blackborne Thoroton-Hildyard (1821–1888; M.P.), The University of Nottingham, nottingham.ac.uk.
  17. ^ The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, thorotonsociety.org.uk
  18. ^ [2].
  19. ^ [3].
  20. ^ Thoroton vs. Blackborne et al., 1731, William Kelynge's Reports in Chancery, Great Britain Court of Chancery, 1764.
  21. ^ "Thoroton, Thomas" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  22. ^ Most of the Levett family portraits and other heirlooms went to Mary Levett's older sister, who married Edward Hulse, physician to the Royal family. The Hulse family resides at Breamore House in Hampshire.
  23. ^ Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, Thoroton Society, published by the Society, 1953
  24. ^ "Thoroton, Robert." . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  25. ^ William Kelynge's Reports in Chancery, In the 4th and 5th Years of George II (1730–1732), Great Britain Court of Chancery, Peter King, Robert Raymond, Great Britain Court of King's Bench, Philip Yorke Hardwicke, William Kelynge, Published by Stevens and Haynes, London, 1873.
  26. ^ Myles Hildyard: Soldier and aesthete who devoted his life in peacetime to improving his splendid house with gardens and woodlands, Obituary, The Times of London, 31 August 2005.
  27. ^ The Independent, 14 September 2005
  28. ^ Historian and writer Antony Beever, in the introduction to the Hildyard book published by Bloomsbury.
  29. ^ Myles Hildyard, 'Lord Merlin' of Flintham and author of a vivid account of the Second World War, Obituary, The Independent, 14 September 2005
  30. ^ Flintham Hall, Rushcliffe Borough Council, rushcliffe.gov.uk Archived 14 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "Flintham Hall and Adjoining Terrace Wall, Flintham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 February 2014..
  32. ^ Flintham Hall in the 1920s, Nottinghamshire History, nottshistory.org.uk.
  33. ^ Before their purchase of Flintham Hall, the Thorotons owned Screveton Hall, another family property, located in Screveton, less than two miles south of Flintham. Screveton Hall has since been demolished.[4].
  34. ^ Newark Advertiser, newarkadvertiser.co.uk Archived 22 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Waymarking. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  36. ^ Notts Archive ref. DDH 86/1
  37. ^ M. W. Barley, "Plough Plays in the East Midlands", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vol. 7:2 (1953),pp. 93–94. Text: PLOUGH BOY'S PLAY: Flintham, Notts. (M. W. Barley Collection, 1948).


  1. ^ The Disneys who formerly held Flintham were related to the Hildyard family of Yorkshire.[10]

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Coordinates: 52°59′N 0°54′W / 52.983°N 0.900°W / 52.983; -0.900