Bassetlaw District

Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England. The district is predominantly rural, with three towns: Worksop, site of the borough council offices, Tuxford and Retford.

Bassetlaw District
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)
  MPs:Brendan Clarke-Smith,
Robert Jenrick
  Total246.3 sq mi (637.8 km2)
Area rank64th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  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 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.

NameStatusImagePopulation (2011)[1]Ward(s)
(Charter trustees)

Retford Town Hall
  • Retford East
  • Retford North
  • Retford South
  • Retford West
(Charter trustees)

Chesterfield Canal, Worksop
  • Worksop East
  • Worksop North
  • Worksop North East
  • Worksop North West
  • Worksop South
  • Worksop South East
AskhamCivil parish

St. Nicholas' Church, Askham
181East Markham
BabworthCivil parish

Chesterfield Canal, Babworth
Barnby MoorCivil parish

Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor
BeckinghamCivil parish

All Saints' Church, Beckingham
BevercotesCivil parish

Farm buildings in Bevercotes
UnknownEast Markham
BlythCivil parish

St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth
BoleCivil parish

St Martin's Church, Bole
BothamsallCivil parish

Lound Hall, Bothamsall
270East Markham
CarburtonCivil parish

Ollerton Road Bridge, Carburton
Carlton in LindrickCivil parish

St. John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick
Clarborough and WelhamCivil parish

Public house in Clarborough
ClayworthCivil parish

St Peter's Church, Clayworth
Clumber and HardwickCivil parish

Clumber Park
CottamCivil parish

Cottages in Cottam
DarltonCivil parish

St. Giles Church, Darlton
110Tuxford and Trent
Dunham-on-TrentCivil parish

St. Oswald's Church, Dunham-on-Trent
343Tuxford and Trent
East DraytonCivil parish

St. Peter's Church, East Drayton
252Tuxford and Trent
East MarkhamCivil parish

St. John the Baptist Church
1,160East Markham
EatonCivil parish

233East Markham
ElkesleyCivil parish

St. Giles Church, Elkesley
EvertonCivil parish

Holy Trinity Church, Everton
FledboroughCivil parish

St Gregory's Church, Fledborough
UnknownTuxford and Trent
GamstonCivil parish

St Peter's Church, Gamston
246East Markham
Gringley on the HillCivil parish

St Peter & St Paul's Church
GroveCivil parish

View towards Grove
Harworth BircotesCivil parish

All Saints Church, Harworth
HaughtonCivil parish

Haughton watermill
UnknownEast Markham
HaytonCivil parish

St. Peter's Church, Hayton
Headon cum UptonCivil parish

St. Peter's Church, Headon
HodsockCivil parish

Hodsock Priory
HolbeckCivil parish

Chapel of St. Winifred
LanehamCivil parish

Signpost in Laneham
312Tuxford and Trent
LoundCivil parish

MarnhamCivil parish

St. Wilfrid's Church, Marnham
117Tuxford and Trent
MatterseyCivil parish

All Saints' Church, Mattersey
MissonCivil parish

St. John the Baptist Church, Misson
MistertonCivil parish

All Saints' Church, Misterton
Nether LangwithCivil parish

Public house in Nether Langwith
Normanton on TrentCivil parish

St. Matthew's Church
345Tuxford and Trent
North and South WheatleyCivil parish

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's
North Leverton with HabblesthorpeCivil parish

North Leverton Windmill
Norton and CuckneyCivil parish

St. Mary's Church, Cuckney
RagnallCivil parish

St.Leonard's Church, Ragnall
UnknownTuxford and Trent
Rampton and WoodbeckCivil parish

All Saints' Church, Rampton
RanskillCivil parish

Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill
RhodesiaCivil parish

Chesterfield Canal, Rhodesia
982Worksop North West
SaundbyCivil parish

Church of St Martin of Tours
165Worksop North West
ScaftworthCivil parish

Public house in Scaftworth
ScroobyCivil parish

St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby
ShireoaksCivil parish

Shireoaks Hall
1,432Worksop North West
South LevertonCivil parish

All Saints’ Church, South Leverton
StokehamCivil parish

St. Peter's Church, Stokeham
Sturton le SteepleCivil parish

Sturton le Steeple
Styrrup with OldcotesCivil parish

St. Helen's Church, Oldcotes
SuttonCivil parish

St. Bartholomew’s Church
TorworthCivil parish

Great North Road, Torworth
TreswellCivil parish

St. John the Baptist Church, Treswell
TuxfordCivil parish

Tuxford High Street
2,649Tuxford and Trent
WalkeringhamCivil parish

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Walkeringham
WallingwellsCivil parish

Wallingwells Hall
WelbeckCivil parish

Welbeck Abbey
West BurtonCivil parish

West Burton power stations
West DraytonCivil parish

West Drayton
225East Markham
West MarkhamCivil parish

All Saints' Church, West Markham
170East Markham
West StockwithCivil parish

West Stockwith lock
WisetonCivil parish

Cottages in Wiseton


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]

YearLabourConservativeIndependentLiberal Democrats
2019 election37551
2015 election331230
2011 election271830
2010 election202530
2008 election163020
2007 election162750
2006 election142851


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]
No religion9.99%

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.
  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