East Retford was a market town. a parish and a parliamentary and municipal borough which lies 144 miles north of London. The town sits on the east bank of the River Idle, 8 miles east from Worksop, 18 miles south-east from Doncaster and 32 miles north-east of Nottingham city.
If you are planning a visit to the towne:
By automobile, take the A1 motorway north to Ranby and turn right onto the B6079 trunk road. Continuing east through Babworth, and West Retford is dead ahead. It is hard to distinguish West Retford from East Retford these days, but everything East of the Idle River is the old parish and town of East Retford.
You can see pictures of East Retford which are provided by:
The military were called in to ensure a fair election and a number of residents submitted claims to Pariliament to recover expenses for supporting the troops. You can see these names at British-History.com.
The Town Hall was opened in January, 1868.
Hops were grown in the area in the 1800s, but that trade virtually ceased by 1910.
The Retford Hospital and Dispensary on Thrumpton Lane was founded in 1865 It opened in January, 1887 and was enlarged in 1902.
Patient records were not required to be archived, although administrative and accounting records should exist in the local Archives office. Any patient records would be restricted under a 100-year Closure regulation.
In the 1086 Domesday Book the name is written as Redeford. It appears in the 13th century as Este Reddfurth. The name appears to come from the red clay at the river bottom which was disturrbed by fording horses, cattle and carts and colored the river.