Blyth, Nottinghamshire

Blyth is a village and civil parish in the Bassetlaw district of the county of Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands, north west of East Retford, on the River Ryton. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census is 1,233.[1] It sits at a junction with the A1, and the end of the motorway section from Doncaster.

Blyth is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population1,233 (2011)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWORKSOP
Postcode districtS81
Dialling code01909
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament


The village is situated on the A1 at the southern end of the fifteen-mile A1(M) Doncaster bypass, which opened in 1961. The Blyth roundabout was replaced in March 2008 by a grade separated junction (junction 34). The Moto Blyth Services are also at this junction. The £320,000 (equivalent to £7,240,000 in 2018),[2] 1½ mile A614 Blyth Bypass was built at the same time as the Nottinghamshire section of the Doncaster Bypass and opened in 1960. The A614 became the A1 when the Doncaster bypass opened. Also passing through the village is the A634 from Maltby to Barnby Moor. The dual-carriageway £964,000 (equivalent to £17,640,000 in 2018),[2] five-mile section of the A1 from Chequer House (Ranby) to Blyth opened in August 1966. The former A614 road through the town is now the A634 and B6045.


Blyth Priory

The priory church of St. Mary and St. Martin is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in the country. It was part of a Benedictine monastery founded in 1088. This priory was founded by Roger de Builli of Tickhill Castle, one of William the Conqueror's followers.

The founder and later benefactors endowed Blyth with lands, money and churches. It was staffed at first by monks from the Mother House, Holy Trinity Priory at Rouen France. In 1286 Thomas Russel had to be returned to Rouen because of his intolerable conduct and also John de Belleville, as the climate did not suit him. There are other records of the unruly conduct of French monks.

During a visitation of the priory in 1536 it was alleged that five of the monks were guilty of grave offences and it was surrendered. George Dalton, the Prior, received a pension of twenty marks, and this seems to have been the only pension awarded. The net annual income at the date of the surrender was £180. (equivalent to £100,000 in 2018).[2]

After the Dissolution the east part of the church was demolished and a tower built at the west end of the nave.

See St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth for more information.

Blyth Hall

In 1603 Sir Edward Stanhope sold the Blyth estate to Robert Saunderson, of Gilthwaite, Rotherham.

In 1635 the 490 acre estate was sold by the Saunderson family to John Mellish, a London merchant. His son Edward, a merchant in Portugal, returned to England in 1671 and in 1684 commissioned the demolition of the old priory and the building of Blyth Hall immediately north of the church. The hall stood at approximately 53°22'45.39"N 1° 3'48.46"W.[3] He was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1692–93 and died unmarried in 1703, leaving the property to Joseph Mellish, his cousin's son. It descended in the Mellish family until 1806, when it was sold to Joshua Walker, the son of an ironmaster from Rotherham.[4]

Joshua's son and heir, Henry Frederick Walker (born 1807), was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1852–53. At the end of the 19th century the hall was bought by Francis Willey, 1st Baron Barnby, a Bradford wool merchant. He was High Sheriff for 1908–09 and was succeeded by his son Vernon Willey, 2nd Baron Barnby, who was the MP for South Bradford.

The hall was demolished in 1972 and the site is now occupied by a housing estate.[5]

On the village green is the former Leper Hospital of St John the Evangelist, said to have been built by the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem. It was refounded in 1226, and was being used as a school in 1695.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Old photo showing Blyth Hall and adjacent church
  4. ^ "The Mellish Family". Nottinghamshire History. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Blyth has preserved many ancient charms". Nottinghamshire History. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  6. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire.Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.

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A1 road (Great Britain)

The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK, at 410 miles (660 km). It connects London, the capital of England, with Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It passes through or near North London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Baldock, Letchworth Garden City, Huntingdon, Peterborough, Stamford, Grantham, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Doncaster, York, Ripon, Darlington, Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed.It was designated by the Ministry of Transport in 1921, and for much of its route it followed various branches of the historic Great North Road, the main deviation being between Boroughbridge and Darlington. The course of the A1 has changed where towns or villages have been bypassed, and where new alignments have taken a slightly different route. Several sections of the route have been upgraded to motorway standard and designated A1(M). Between the M25 (near London) and the A696 (near Newcastle upon Tyne) the road has been designated as part of the unsigned Euroroute E15 from Inverness to Algeciras.

Charles Mellish

Charles Mellish (6 July 1737 – 29 December 1796) was a British lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1774 to 1784.

Edward Manock

Edward Manock (30 June 1904 – 12 April 1983) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward. Born in Salford, he started his career as an amateur player in the Cheshire County League with Chester. He was signed by Football League Third Division North side Nelson on amateur terms in November 1929. Manock made his Nelson debut on 28 December 1929 in the 0–0 draw away at Southport, and the following month he was awarded a professional contract. He scored his first League goal in the 1–2 defeat against Stockport County at Seedhill. In total, he made 13 first-team appearances during his first season in Lancashire.

Manock was retained by Nelson for the 1930–31 season, but he played only one league match in the first eight months of the campaign. However, he was selected for the final four matches of the season, and scored his second goal for the club in the 1–4 loss to Southport on 18 April 1931. Manock was in the starting line-up for Nelson's last ever match in the Football League, a 0–4 defeat away at Hull City on 2 May 1931. Along with the majority of the playing squad, he left Nelson after they failed re-election to the League and were replaced by his former club, Chester.

Upon his release from Nelson, Manock returned to the Cheshire County League with Sandbach Ramblers. In October 1934 he joined the Pendleton Glass Works company team as an amateur. He moved to CWS Glass Works in Worksop, his final team, in September 1936. Manock died in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, on 12 April 1983 at the age of 78.

Edward Mellish (priest)

Edward Mellish (b Blyth, Nottinghamshire 21 June 1766 – d Tuddenham 11 December 1830) was an Anglican priest in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.Mellish was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He held livings at Tuddenham, Honingham and Reymerston. He was Dean of Hereford from 1827 until his death.His grandson was a notable British diplomat.

George Mellish

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George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway

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Gerald Harrison

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Henry Ellison

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Prior to playing for Nottinghamshire, Ellison made minor appearances for Lincolnshire from 1889 to 1893. He spent from at least December 1893 to December 1894 in India, where he played for the Madras Presidency and Madras. Ellison later made a single first-class appearance for Nottinghamshire against the Gentlemen of Philadelphia at Trent Bridge in 1897. In Nottinghamshire's first-innings, he scored 2 runs, before being dismissed by Bart King, while in their second-innings he was dismissed by John Lester for 3 runs. The match ended in a draw. He later played for Wiltshire in the Minor Counties Championship. Making his debut against Glamorgan in 1903, he played Minor counties cricket for the county in 1903 and 1904, making fourteen appearances.He died at Elstead, Surrey on 7 October 1948. Ellison's family is a cricketing one. His father Charles played for Lincolnshire in minor cricket. His own son, Peter, didn't play any representative cricket, but his son Richard Ellison played Test cricket for England and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1986. Another grandson, Charles Ellison, also played first-class cricket. In 2011, his great-grandson Charlie Ellison made his debut in first-class cricket.

Humber Bridge

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By 2006, the bridge carried an average of 120,000 vehicles per week. The toll was £3.00 each way for cars (higher for commercial vehicles), which made it the most expensive toll crossing in the United Kingdom. In April 2012, the toll was halved to £1.50 each way after the UK government deferred £150 million from the bridge's outstanding debt.

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List of English abbeys, priories and friaries serving as parish churches

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Owen Tudor

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St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth

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Strafforth and Tickhill

Strafforth and Tickhill, originally known as Strafforth, was the southernmost wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The west of the district, plus a detached area in the east, constituted the Upper Division, while the central area and a detached part in the extreme east constituted the Lower Division.

Parishes in the Upper Division included Aston, Barnby Dun, Braithwell, Conisbrough, Dinnington, Ecclesfield, Firbeck, Handsworth, Harthill, Hatfield, Hooton Roberts, Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Maltby, Ravenfield, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Anston, Sprotborough, Thorpe Salvin, Thrybergh, Todwick, Treeton, Wales, Wath-upon-Dearne, Whiston, Wickersley and parts of Finningley.

The Lower Division included the parishes of Adwick-le-Street, Adwick-upon-Dearne, Arksey, Armthorpe, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Brodsworth, Darfield, Doncaster, Fishlake, High Melton, Hooton Pagnell, Kirk Sandal, Mexborough, Rossington, Thorne, Thurnscoe, Tickhill, Wadworth, Warmsworth, parts of Blyth, Nottinghamshire and the extra-parochial area of Hampole.

The original meeting place of the wapentake is unknown, but may have been the future site of Conisbrough Castle.The Earldom of Strafford takes its name from a variant of this district name, wherein the first incumbent Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford originated.

William Mellish (banker)

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He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby from 1796 to 1802 and from 1803 to 1806, then as MP for Middlesex from 1806 to 1820.

He never married.

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