Bassetlaw District

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Bassetlaw District
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Worksop, the largest settlement and main administrative centre in Bassetlaw District
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Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Nottinghamshire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQ Worksop
  Type Non-metropolitan district
  Governing bodyBassetlaw District Council
  Council LeaderCllr Simon Greaves (Lab)
  Executive Labour
   MPs: Brendan Clarke-Smith,
Robert Jenrick
  Total246.3 sq mi (637.8 km2)
  Rank 64th
  Rank Ranked 201st
  Density480/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode Areas
ONS code 37UC (ONS)
E07000171 (GSS)
Ethnicity96.4% White
(92.0% White British)
1.2% Asian
1.2% Mixed
0.6% Black
Retford, a market town and the second-largest settlement in Bassetlaw District Retford town hall.jpg
Retford, a market town and the second-largest settlement in Bassetlaw District

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.


Harworth Bircotes, a civil parish with town status in Bassetlaw District All Saints church, Harworth - - 3221085.jpg
Harworth Bircotes, a civil parish with town status in Bassetlaw District
Tuxford, a historic market town in Bassetlaw District Tuxford, Nottinghamshire - - 170060.jpg
Tuxford, a historic market town in Bassetlaw District


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)
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
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St. Nicholas' Church, Askham
181East Markham
Babworth Civil parish
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Chesterfield Canal, Babworth
Barnby Moor Civil parish
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Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor
Beckingham Civil parish
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All Saints' Church, Beckingham
Bevercotes Civil parish
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Farm buildings in Bevercotes
UnknownEast Markham
Blyth Civil parish
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St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth
Bole Civil parish
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St Martin's Church, Bole
Bothamsall Civil parish
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Lound Hall, Bothamsall
270East Markham
Carburton Civil parish
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Ollerton Road Bridge, Carburton
Carlton in Lindrick Civil parish
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St. John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick
Clarborough and Welham Civil parish
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Public house in Clarborough
Clayworth Civil parish
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St Peter's Church, Clayworth
Clumber and Hardwick Civil parishUnknownWelbeck
Cottam Civil parish
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Cottages in Cottam
Darlton Civil parish
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St. Giles Church, Darlton
110Tuxford and Trent
Dunham-on-Trent Civil parish
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St. Oswald's Church, Dunham-on-Trent
343Tuxford and Trent
East Drayton Civil parish
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St. Peter's Church, East Drayton
252Tuxford and Trent
East Markham Civil parish
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St. John the Baptist Church
1,160East Markham
Eaton Civil parish
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233East Markham
Elkesley Civil parish
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St. Giles Church, Elkesley
Everton Civil parish
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Holy Trinity Church, Everton
Fledborough Civil parish
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St Gregory's Church, Fledborough
UnknownTuxford and Trent
Gamston Civil parish
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St Peter's Church, Gamston
246East Markham
Gringley on the Hill Civil parish
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St Peter & St Paul's Church
Grove Civil parish
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View towards Grove
Harworth Bircotes Civil parish
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All Saints Church, Harworth
Haughton Civil parish
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Haughton watermill
UnknownEast Markham
Hayton Civil parish
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St. Peter's Church, Hayton
Headon cum Upton Civil parish
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St. Peter's Church, Headon
Hodsock Civil parish
Hodsock Priory
Holbeck Civil parish
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Chapel of St. Winifred
Laneham Civil parish
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Signpost in Laneham
312Tuxford and Trent
Lound Civil parish
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Marnham Civil parish
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St. Wilfrid's Church, Marnham
117Tuxford and Trent
Mattersey Civil parish
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All Saints' Church, Mattersey
Misson Civil parish
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St. John the Baptist Church, Misson
Misterton Civil parish
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All Saints' Church, Misterton
Nether Langwith Civil parish
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Public house in Nether Langwith
Normanton on Trent Civil parish
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St. Matthew's Church
345Tuxford and Trent
North and South Wheatley Civil parish
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Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's
North Leverton with Habblesthorpe Civil parish
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North Leverton Windmill
Norton and Cuckney Civil parish
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St. Mary's Church, Cuckney
Ragnall Civil parish
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St.Leonard's Church, Ragnall
UnknownTuxford and Trent
Rampton and Woodbeck Civil parish
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All Saints' Church, Rampton
Ranskill Civil parish
Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill (geograph 4258406).jpg
Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill
Rhodesia Civil parish
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Chesterfield Canal, Rhodesia
982Worksop North West
Saundby Civil parish
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Church of St Martin of Tours
165Worksop North West
Scaftworth Civil parish
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Public house in Scaftworth
Scrooby Civil parish
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St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby
Shireoaks Civil parish1,432Worksop North West
South Leverton Civil parish
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All Saints’ Church, South Leverton
Stokeham Civil parish
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St. Peter's Church, Stokeham
Sturton le Steeple Civil parish
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Sturton le Steeple
Styrrup with Oldcotes Civil parish
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St. Helen's Church, Oldcotes
Sutton Civil parish
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St. Bartholomew's Church
Torworth Civil parish
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Great North Road, Torworth
Treswell Civil parish
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St. John the Baptist Church, Treswell
Tuxford Civil parish
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Tuxford High Street
2,649Tuxford and Trent
Walkeringham Civil parish
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St. Mary Magdalene Church, Walkeringham
Wallingwells Civil parish
Wallingwells Hall
Welbeck Civil parishUnknownWelbeck
West Burton Civil parishUnknownSturton
West Drayton Civil parish
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West Drayton
225East Markham
West Markham Civil parish
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All Saints' Church, West Markham
170East Markham
West Stockwith Civil parish
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West Stockwith lock
Wiseton Civil parish
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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]

Year Labour Conservative Independent Liberal Democrats
2019 election 37551
2015 election 331230
2011 election 271830
2010 election 202530
2008 election 163020
2007 election 162750
2006 election 142851


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]



Population of Bassetlaw (1811–2011)
Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that now comprise Bassetlaw.
Source: Great Britain Historical GIS. [5]


ReligionPercent [6]
Buddhist 0.09%
Hindu 0.13%
Jewish 0.05%
Muslim 0.33%
Sikh 0.07%
No religion9.99%

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Coordinates: 53°24′N0°57′W / 53.40°N 0.95°W / 53.40; -0.95