Wallingwells is a small civil parish
Civil parish
In England, a civil parish is a territorial designation and, where they are found, the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties...

 and hamlet in the Bassetlaw
Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England, with a population according to the 2001 UK census of 107,713. The borough is predominantly rural, with two towns: Worksop, site of the borough offices, and Retford...

 district of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west...

, England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

, with a population at the 2001 census of 22. It lies about five miles north of Worksop
Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. It is about east-south-east of the City of Sheffield and its population is estimated to be 39,800...


The parish is one of the few in England still to have an exclave - in this case a small section of land separated from the parish by the Carlton in Lindrick
Carlton in Lindrick
Carlton in Lindrick is a village in Nottinghamshire, England. It is located 3 miles north of Worksop. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 5,818...


The Wallingwells Estate was built on the site of Wallingwells Priory
Wallingwells Priory
Wallingwells Priory was a house of Benedictine nuns founded in the 1140s by Ralph de Chevrolcourt at Wallingwells near Carlton in Lindrick, Nottinghamshire.The priory surrendered on 14 December 1539....

 and was for several hundred years the seat of the House of White of Tuxford and Wallingwells. Through the marriage of Thomas White and Bridget Taylor (28 July 1698), Wallingwells became the family seat, whilst Tuxford
-Geography:Tuxford is a village and a civil parish on the southern edge of the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England. It may also be considered a small town as it was historically a market town. Nearby larger towns are Retford and Newark-on-Trent. From Harvest Cottage, near the ECML, the...

 became the second/dower estate.

Several generations later the head of the White family, another Thomas
Sir Thomas Woollaston White, 1st Baronet
Thomas Woollaston White was the eldest son and heir of Taylor and Sarah White. Prior to inheriting his father’s substantial estate and fortune, he occupied himself primarily with the army and militia...

, was created baronet by King George III on 20 December 1802 for twice raising, clothing, housing and arming a regiment of militia during the height of the Napoleonic Wars. The regiment was first raised in 1794, known as the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry is one of the five squadrons of the Royal Yeomanry , an armoured regiment of the Territorial Army. Designated as 'S' Squadron, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry's current role is to support the Formation Reconnaissance Regiments and the Joint Chemical Biological Nuclear...

 Cavalry and is still in existence as 'S' Squadron Royal Yeomanry
Royal Yeomanry
The Royal Yeomanry is an armoured regiment of the Territorial Army consisting of five squadrons and a military band:*A Squadron *B Squadron...


The family remained in prominence in Nottinghamshire until Wallingwells was finally sold in 1926.

Further information

White, M. H. Towry. Memoirs of the House of White of Wallingwells. Privately published, 1886.Wallingwells Hall is now split up into four private homes. The adjoining estate offices and servants' wing to the north was converted into 3 cottages. The stables of Wallingwells were developed into a home in the early 2000s after being derelict since World War I. There is also a private red brick house in the corner of Wallingwells which was built in the 20th century. Also there is said to be a "Curse of Wallingwells Hall", where a gaping vagina is said to rise from the river and swallow anyone unfortunate enough to be in its path. Wallingwells was built on a nunnery which dated back to the 13th century. Some of the nunnery walls remain today. Wallingwells Hall is a beautiful mansion dating back to the 16th century. Although now divided into four with 3 adjoining cottages, it remains a beautiful house, not having changed appreciably. It has 3 floors, but looks higher than any three-storey house. It has large sash windows, a flat roof at the back, and pitched roofing at the front. The hall has exquisite gardens, orchards and woods, and nearby is a private lake. The hall itself was built in the 16th century. In total the hall has over 20 chimneys, over 50 windows including a glass dome, more than 20 bedrooms, and 7.75 acres of land, now mainly fields and gardens.
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