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The parish of Everton is an ancient North Nottinghamshire settlement, which straddles the busy A631, once part of the main Roman route from Lincoln to York. The parish consists of Everton village (the picturesque centre of which is a conservation area), the hamlet of Harwell and part of the hamlet of Drakeholes.

Just beyond the western edge of the parish is the site of a Roman Fort, where one can imagine Roman soldiers pausing before crossing the River Idle to Bawtry.

In the time of the Danish settlement, the village was known as Eofor-tun (wild boar farm) and later recorded in the Domesday survey as Evreton. Agriculture was always the main occupation of the residents until mechanisation meant that the same acreage could be worked by tractor as by horse, with a fraction of the manpower. At the same time almost universal car ownership and high-speed rail links opened up the village to commuters to towns such as Doncaster, Retford, Sheffield, and for a few brave souls, London.

With a population of around 770, the village boasts a 12th century church, a chapel, school, a studios/antique shop, hairdressers, a nursery (plant variety) and two pubs. The excellent recreational facilities include football and cricket pitches, tennis courts and bowls green.

Although no longer in use, there can also be seen a windmill tower and a former brewery.

On nearby Barrow Hills, there is good walking and excellent views, both to the north across the Isle of Axholme and south across the rolling North Nottinghamshire countryside.

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