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Bassetlaw District

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Bassetlaw District
Official logo of Bassetlaw District
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQWorksop
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Governing bodyBassetlaw District Council
 • Council LeaderCllr Simon Greaves (Lab)
 • ExecutiveLabour
 • MPs:Brendan Clarke-Smith,
Robert Jenrick
 • Total246.3 sq mi (637.8 km2)
 • Rank64th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total117,459
 • RankRanked 201st
 • Density480/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode Areas
ONS code37UC (ONS)
E07000171 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.5% White
1.0% S.Asian

Bassetlaw is a local government district in Nottinghamshire, England. The district has four towns: Worksop, Tuxford, Harworth Bircotes and Retford. It is bounded to the north by the Metropolitan Boroughs of Doncaster and Rotherham, the east by West Lindsey, the west by both the Borough of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire and the south by Mansfield District and Newark and Sherwood. The district is along with Bolsover District, North East Derbyshire and Borough of Chesterfield is a non-constituent member of the Sheffield City Region.


Bassetlaw was created as a non-metropolitan district in 1974 by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Worksop and East Retford and most of Worksop Rural District and East Retford Rural District following the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Local Government in Nottinghamshire is organised on a two-tier basis, with local district councils such as Bassetlaw District Council responsible for local services such as housing, local planning and refuse collection and Nottinghamshire County Council responsible for "wide-area" services, including education, social services and public transport.

The district is named after the ancient Bassetlaw wapentake of Nottinghamshire.


Bassetlaw is divided into 66 parishes, each governed by an elected parish council or parish meeting. The two main settlements of Retford and Worksop are the only areas of the district that are unparished, however, both towns are entitled to elect a town mayor via their respective charter trustees.

Name Status Image Population (2011)[1] Ward(s)
Retford Unparished
(Charter trustees)
  • Retford East
  • Retford North
  • Retford South
  • Retford West
Worksop Unparished
(Charter trustees)
  • Worksop East
  • Worksop North
  • Worksop North East
  • Worksop North West
  • Worksop South
  • Worksop South East
Askham Civil parish
St.Nicholas' church and Lych Gate - - 547111.jpg

St. Nicholas' Church, Askham
181 East Markham
Babworth Civil parish
Lock 55, Forest Locks - - 453821.jpg

Chesterfield Canal, Babworth
1,687 Sutton
Barnby Moor Civil parish
Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor - - 78933.jpg

Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor
278 Sutton
Beckingham Civil parish
All Saints' church - - 732085.jpg

All Saints' Church, Beckingham
1,098 Beckingham
Bevercotes Civil parish
Farm building Bevercotes (and horse) - - 724513.jpg

Farm buildings in Bevercotes
Unknown East Markham
Blyth Civil parish
Blyth Church - - 53326.jpg

St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth
1,233 Blyth
Bole Civil parish
Bole Church Tower - - 1407925.jpg

St Martin's Church, Bole
247 Sturton
Bothamsall Civil parish
Lound Hall, Bothamsall. (geograph 4625392).jpg

Lound Hall, Bothamsall
270 East Markham
Carburton Civil parish
Carburton Bridge ... - - 93057.jpg

Ollerton Road Bridge, Carburton
Unknown Welbeck
Carlton in Lindrick Civil parish
Carlton in Lindrick Parish Church (geograph 4615084).jpg

St. John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick
5,623 Carlton
Clarborough and Welham Civil parish
Kings Arms pub - - 1217060.jpg

Public house in Clarborough
1,088 Clayworth
Clayworth Civil parish
St Peters Church Clayworth Notts - - 92797.jpg

St Peter's Church, Clayworth
419 Clayworth
Clumber and Hardwick Civil parish Unknown Welbeck
Cottam Civil parish
Cottage row and cooling tower - - 293858.jpg

Cottages in Cottam
108 Rampton
Darlton Civil parish
St.Giles church, Darlton - - 79429.jpg

St. Giles Church, Darlton
110 Tuxford and Trent
Dunham-on-Trent Civil parish
St.Oswald's church, Dunham-on-Trent, Notts. - - 50515.jpg

St. Oswald's Church, Dunham-on-Trent
343 Tuxford and Trent
East Drayton Civil parish
East Drayton church tower - - 1430987.jpg

St. Peter's Church, East Drayton
252 Tuxford and Trent
East Markham Civil parish
East Markham, St John the Baptist church. (23181485154).jpg

St. John the Baptist Church
1,160 East Markham
Eaton Civil parish
Eaton Village - - 80834.jpg

233 East Markham
Elkesley Civil parish
St.Giles church, Elkesley - - 79432.jpg

St. Giles Church, Elkesley
822 Welbeck
Everton Civil parish
Holy Trinity church, Everton, Notts. - - 111503.jpg

Holy Trinity Church, Everton
839 Everton
Fledborough Civil parish
St.Gregory's church, Fledborough - - 92389.jpg

St Gregory's Church, Fledborough
Unknown Tuxford and Trent
Gamston Civil parish
St.Peter's church, Gamston - - 547133.jpg

St Peter's Church, Gamston
246 East Markham
Gringley on the Hill Civil parish
Gringley on the hill church. - - 1738359.jpg

St Peter & St Paul's Church
699 Everton
Grove Civil parish
Across the fields to Grove - - 1009893.jpg

View towards Grove
105 Rampton
Harworth Bircotes Civil parish
All Saints' church, Harworth, Notts. - - 104981.jpg

All Saints Church, Harworth
7,948 Harworth
Haughton Civil parish
Haughton Watermill - - 560145.jpg

Haughton watermill
Unknown East Markham
Hayton Civil parish
St Peters Church Hayton Nr Retford Notts - - 92779.jpg

St. Peter's Church, Hayton
385 Clayworth
Headon cum Upton Civil parish
St. Peters Church Headon N. Notts - - 83263.jpg

St. Peter's Church, Headon
253 Rampton
Hodsock Civil parish

Hodsock Priory
2,472 Langold
Holbeck Civil parish
Chapel of St Winifred, Holbeck - - 1168784.jpg

Chapel of St. Winifred
195 Welbeck
Laneham Civil parish
UK Laneham.jpg

Signpost in Laneham
312 Tuxford and Trent
Lound Civil parish
Lound - - 1573114.jpg

471 Sutton
Marnham Civil parish
St.Wilfrid's church, Low Marnham - - 92404.jpg

St. Wilfrid's Church, Marnham
117 Tuxford and Trent
Mattersey Civil parish
All Saints Church Mattersey Notts - - 92800.jpg

All Saints' Church, Mattersey
792 Ranskill
Misson Civil parish
St.John the Baptist's church - - 1575282.jpg

St. John the Baptist Church, Misson
745 Everton
Misterton Civil parish
All Saints' Church - - 1168673.jpg

All Saints' Church, Misterton
2,140 Misterton
Nether Langwith Civil parish
Jug and Glass, Nether Langwith - - 100029.jpg

Public house in Nether Langwith
526 Welbeck
Normanton on Trent Civil parish
St.Matthew's church, Normanton on Trent - - 92396.jpg

St. Matthew's Church
345 Tuxford and Trent
North and South Wheatley Civil parish
North Wheatley, Ss Peter & Paul (26559110517).jpg

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's
509 Sturton
North Leverton with Habblesthorpe Civil parish
North Leverton Windmill - - 500877.jpg

North Leverton Windmill
1,047 Sturton
Norton and Cuckney Civil parish
St Marys Church Norton Cuckney Notts IMG 2246.JPG

St. Mary's Church, Cuckney
351 Welbeck
Ragnall Civil parish
St.Leonard's church, Ragnall - - 92381.jpg

St.Leonard's Church, Ragnall
Unknown Tuxford and Trent
Rampton and Woodbeck Civil parish
All Saints' Rampton, Notts. - - 1549455.jpg

All Saints' Church, Rampton
1,139 Rampton
Ranskill Civil parish
Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill (geograph 4258406).jpg

Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill
1,362 Rampton
Rhodesia Civil parish
Haggonfield Lock - - 8957.jpg

Chesterfield Canal, Rhodesia
982 Worksop North West
Saundby Civil parish
Saundby, St Martin of Tours Church. - - 224290.jpg

Church of St Martin of Tours
165 Worksop North West
Scaftworth Civil parish
Scaftworth, King William Public House - - 199125.jpg

Public house in Scaftworth
Unknown Everton
Scrooby Civil parish
St.Wilfrid's, Scrooby - - 173934.jpg

St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby
315 Blyth
Shireoaks Civil parish 1,432 Worksop North West
South Leverton Civil parish
All Saints' church, South Leverton - - 262256.jpg

All Saints’ Church, South Leverton
480 Rampton
Stokeham Civil parish
St Peters church, Stokeham (geograph 4034000).jpg

St. Peter's Church, Stokeham
Unknown Rampton
Sturton le Steeple Civil parish
Sturton le Steeple - - 285231.jpg

Sturton le Steeple
486 Sturton
Styrrup with Oldcotes Civil parish
St.Helen's church - - 632054.jpg

St. Helen's Church, Oldcotes
684 Blyth
Sutton Civil parish
St. Bartholomews Church Sutton-cum-Lound Notts - - 92802.jpg

St. Bartholomew's Church
673 Sutton
Torworth Civil parish
Torworth - - 14569.jpg

Great North Road, Torworth
263 Ranskill
Treswell Civil parish
Church of St John the Baptist, Treswell (geograph 2688797).jpg

St. John the Baptist Church, Treswell
211 Rampton
Tuxford Civil parish
Tuxford High Street - - 1372339.jpg

Tuxford High Street
2,649 Tuxford and Trent
Walkeringham Civil parish
St.Mary Magdalen's church, Walkeringham - - 79440.jpg

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Walkeringham
1,022 Beckingham
Wallingwells Civil parish

Wallingwells Hall
22 Carlton
Welbeck Civil parish Unknown Welbeck
West Burton Civil parish Unknown Sturton
West Drayton Civil parish
West Drayton N.Notts - - 83234.jpg

West Drayton
225 East Markham
West Markham Civil parish
All Saints' church, West Markham - - 55763.jpg

All Saints' Church, West Markham
170 East Markham
West Stockwith Civil parish
West Stockwith Lock.jpg

West Stockwith lock
327 Misterton
Wiseton Civil parish
Cottages New Wiseton Notts - - 92799.jpg

Cottages in Wiseton
Unknown Clayworth


Parliamentary constituency

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act. Bassetlaw was for many years a safe seat for the Labour Party. Labour first won the seat in the 1929 general election. However, its Member of parliament Malcolm MacDonald was one of the few Labour MPs to join his father Ramsay MacDonald's National Government. MacDonald held the seat as a National Labour candidate in the 1931 election, but was defeated at the next election in 1935 by Labour's Frederick Bellenger.

The constituency was held by the Labour Party until December 2019, when the incumbent Labour MP John Mann stood down to take on a full-time role as the government's antisemitism tsar. He was later given a life peerage in Theresa May's resignation honours list, styling himself Baron Mann, of Holbeck Moor in the City of Leeds. In the 2019 general election the Conservative Party candidate Brendan Clarke-Smith won the seat with the biggest swing in the election, turning a 4,852 Labour majority into a 14,013 Conservative majority and becoming the first non-Labour MP to represent the constituency in 90 years.[2]

Members of Parliament:

Council elections

Bassetlaw District Council was created in 1974 following the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The first elections to the council took place on 7 June 1973, which resulted in the Labour Party taking control of the newly created council after winning 29 of 51 seats available. Following the next set of elections in 1976, the Labour Party lost its majority and no single party held a majority of seats. Labour regained control of the council following the 1979 local elections and continued to hold a majority of seats on the council for a further 25 years until they once again lost their majority in 2004. In 2006, the Conservatives gained control of the council for the first time and held control until 2010 when a series of by-election defeats caused them to lose their majority. Labour regained control of the council in 2011 for the first time in seven years and has been in control of the council since.

The most recent council election on 2 May 2019 resulted in the Labour Party retaining its control of the council with an increased majority. The Conservative Party suffered its worst defeat in Bassetlaw since 1973, winning only 5 seats of the 12 seats it was defending. Both Independents and Labour gained seats from the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats gained a seat from Labour in East Retford West, the first Liberal Democrat elected in Bassetlaw since 2006.[3]

Year Labour Conservative Independent Liberal Democrats
2019 election 37 5 5 1
2015 election 33 12 3 0
2011 election 27 18 3 0
2010 election 20 25 3 0
2008 election 16 30 2 0
2007 election 16 27 5 0
2006 election 14 28 5 1


Bassetlaw is divided into 25 wards for electoral purposes. Each ward returns either one, two or three councillors at each election depending upon the number of electors within each ward.[4]

  1. Beckingham
  2. Blyth
  3. Carlton
  4. Clayworth
  5. East Markham
  6. East Retford East
  7. East Retford North
  8. East Retford South
  9. East Retford West
  10. Everton
  11. Harworth
  12. Langold
  13. Misterton
  1. Rampton
  2. Ranskill
  3. Sturton
  4. Sutton
  5. Tuxford and Trent
  6. Welbeck
  7. Worksop East
  8. Worksop North
  9. Worksop North East
  10. Worksop North West
  11. Worksop South
  12. Worksop South East



Population of Bassetlaw (1811–2011)
Year Population Year Population Year Population
1811 25,813 1881 43,735 1951 101,590
1821 30,148 1891 45,203 1961 99,221
1831 32,950 1901 50,796 1971 96,918
1841 34,961 1911 57,084 1981 101,119
1851 37,180 1921 63,854 1991 105,354
1861 39,365 1931 71,427 2001 107,701
2011 112,863
Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that now comprise Bassetlaw.
Source: Great Britain Historical GIS.[5]


Religion Percent[6]
Christian 81.53%
Buddhist 0.09%
Hindu 0.13%
Jewish 0.05%
Muslim 0.33%
Sikh 0.07%
No religion 9.99%

Town twinning


  1. ^ "Local Area Reports". Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Bassetlaw voters reject Labour in 'gigantic' swing to Tories at General Election". Lincolnshire Live. 13 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Council Results". Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Bassetlaw". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ Bassetlaw District: Historical statistics: Population, A Vision of Britain through Time, retrieved 18 April 2011
  6. ^ Bassetlaw: Census Area Statistics, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 18 April 2011

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