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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:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Leonard. Note: The name is given as Saint Oswald in 19th century Directories.
  • The church was restored and rebuilt in 1864-67.
  • Gary BROTHWELL has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1600.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1623-1836.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Ragnall is a village and a parish 136 miles north of London, 4 miles east of Tuxford and 1 mile west of Dunham. The parish is bounded on the east by the River Trent and covers 1,110 acres. The parish includes the hamlets of Whimpton Moor and Swanston.

If you are planning a visit:

  • An account of the village of Ragnall and its origins by John H. Gilbert.
  • Richard CORFT has a photograph of the Village SIgn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
You can see pictures of Ragnall which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

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

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Nottinghamshire and it became a separate, modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1801 155
1841 203
1861 204
1871 186
1881 183
1911 190
1991 86


  • The children of this parish attended a school in Dunham.