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  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Laneham area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church is a Norman structure, and the date of construction is estimated to be inthe 12th century.
  • The church is situated in Low Town.
  • The church restored in 1891.
  • The south porch was rebuilt in 1932.
  • Katy WALTERS has a photograph of St. Peter's,Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Steve FAREHAM also has a photograph of St. Peter's,Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1760-1859.
  • John MELLORS has compiled a list of Laneham marriages in a text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford (the No, 2 deanery of Retford).
  • The church is currently in the Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here in 1834.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Laneham is both a village and a parish sitting on the west bank of the River Trent about 135 miles north of London, 8 miles south-east of Retford, 12 miles south of Gainsborough and 5.5 miles north-east of Tuxford. The parish covers 1,589 acres and includes the two hamlets of HighTown and Low Town.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A57 trunk road west out of Lincoln and turn north just after Durham.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012. You might want to stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of Laneham which are provided by:


Ask for a calculation of the distance from Laneham to another place.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Laneham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • A ferry across the Trent River used to function out of Low Town hamlet. It was owned and operated by Robert GLOSSOP in 1858.

Military History

  • Katy WALTERS has a photograph of the War Memorial at Broading's Lane on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Tim HEATON also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This place was also part of the Southwell and Scrooby Liberty in ancient times.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • On 24 March, 1884, this parish was slightly reduced in size to enlarge Kettlethorpe Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here around 1780.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.
  • The poor had 2 shillings worth of bread each Sunday and a supply of coal in the winter, all from several small charities.


 Year Inhabitants
1851 410
1861 376
1871 379
1881 305
1891 328
1901 313
1911 303
1921 322


  • A National School for both sexes was built here before 1869.