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District of Newark and Sherwood
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Admin. HQNewark-on-Trent[1]
 • TypeNewark and Sherwood District Council
 • Leadership:Leader and committee system
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Robert Jenrick,
Mark Spencer
 • Total251.5 sq mi (651.3 km2)
Area rank61st
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total122,421
 • RankRanked 190th
 • Density490/sq mi (190/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code37UG (ONS)
E07000175 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.5% White

Newark and Sherwood is a local government district and is the largest district in Nottinghamshire, England. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, by a merger of the municipal borough of Newark with Newark Rural District and Southwell Rural District. It was originally known just as Newark: the name was changed by the council effective 1 April 1995.[citation needed]

The district is predominantly rural, with some large forestry plantations, the ancient Sherwood Forest and the towns of Newark-on-Trent, Southwell and Ollerton. The council is based at Castle House, adjacent to Newark Castle Railway station, having previously used Kelham Hall in the nearby village of Kelham as its Headquarters. [2][3]


Many settlements in the west of the district, such as the town of Ollerton and the minster town of Southwell.

The south-eastern settlements are home to many people who commute into Nottingham for work. Newark-on-Trent, together with Balderton, forms the largest urban concentration. Newark-on-Trent has many important historic features including Newark Castle, Georgian architecture and a defensive earthwork from the British Civil Wars. Other settlements in the district include:

Balderton, Bathley, Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Boughton, Brough
Carlton-on-Trent, Caunton, Clipstone, Collingham, Cromwell
Eakring, Edingley, Edwinstowe, Egmanton
Farndon, Farnsfield, Fernwood, Fiskerton
Halam, Halloughton, Hawton, Hockerton
Kelham, Kirklington, Kirton, Kneesall
Laxton, Little Carlton, Lowdham
Maplebeck, Morton
North Muskham, Norwell
Ossington, Oxton
Rainworth, Rolleston
South Muskham, Sutton-on-Trent
Walesby, Wellow, Weston, Winkburn


Parliamentary Constituencies

The district is divided into two parliamentary constituencies: Newark, created in 1885, which has been represented by Robert Jenrick, a Conservative, since 2014;[4] and has been held by the Conservative Party since 2001;[5] and Sherwood, created in 1983, represented by Mark Spencer, also a Conservative, since 2010.[6]


  1. ^ "Castle House". Newark and Sherwood District Council. Archived from the original on 14 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Grade I-listed Kelham Hall conversion 'will create 80 jobs'". BBC News. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Kelham Hall sale confirmed by Newark council". BBC News. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Newark by-election candidate names confirmed". BBC News. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Wayback Machine". 15 October 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2021. Cite uses generic title (help)
  6. ^ "Wayback Machine". 26 July 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2021. Cite uses generic title (help)

Coordinates: 53°06′N 0°57′W / 53.10°N 0.95°W / 53.10; -0.95