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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:
Census Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
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 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.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.
  • Jonathan THACKER also has a good photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church gateway on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • See the Southwell Church History site for more detail.
  • The church was formally declared redundant in 1993 and is now privately owned. There is no public access. Parishioners attend church at Dunahm on Trent.

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.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of that new Village SIgn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

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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.



J. THOMAS has a photograph of Ragnall Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.

The Hall appears to be deserted and semi-derelict.


Military History

There is a white marble War Memorial plaque with black lettering mounted on the wall of the parish church.


Military Records

These are the names listed on the War Memorial plaque:

  1. pte. Charles COULING, age 23, 7th Bn Lincs. Regt.
  2. pte. John GOODMAN, age 18, 1st Bn Lincs. Regt.
  3. lance cpl. Charles Henry HAYES, age 22, 7th Bn Lincs. Regt.
  4. pte. Sidney ROE, age 22, 2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters
  5. pte. George WILSON, age 19, 3/1 btln. Lincs Yeomanry

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.
  • Local governance is provided by the Dunham with Ragnall, Fledborough and Darlton Parish Council. Alas, they are NOT able to do family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

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.