As described in 1871: "RETFORD (West), a parish in East Retford district, Notts; on the river Idle and the Great Northern railway, adjacent to East Retford, and communicating with that town by a bridge. Post-town, Retford. Acres, 1,080. Real property, £3,386. Pop., 637. Houses, 169. The property is divided among a few. W. R. Hall was formerly the seat of the Denmans and the Emersons, and is now the seat of B. Huntsman, Esq. W. R. House is the seat of H. B. W. Milner, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £550. Patron, J. Hood, Esq. The church was restored and enlarged in 1864; and has a lofty square tower, with octagonal spire. There are an endowed school with £10 a year, an hospital or alms-house with £1,145, and other charities £34." [John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]
The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
There was a special census of West Retford in 1794. Typically, in those days the entry would show head of household's surname and a count of people in the household. There is a 23-page booklet available from the Nottinghamshire Family History Society, "West Retford - 1794 Census," by J. B. Bailey, publ. 1996.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
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 west of the Idle River is the old parish and village of West Retford.
You can see pictures of West Retford which are provided by:
The village had a hospital (Holy Trinity Hospital) for sixteen "decayed" tradesmen, founded in 1665 by John DARREL, Esq. and built in 1671 It is not known what records may survived as the law did not require the records to be archived. The hospital was still in operation in 1912.
B. HILTON has a photograph of Trinity Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
Graham HOGG has a photograph of Trinity Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
The hospital is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.