"Babworth Parish comprises the hamlets of Babworth, Morton and Ranby, and several scattered dwellings. It lies betwixt the Ryton rivulet and the Great North Road, and extends northwards from Ordsall to Barnby Moor, and contains 608 inhabitants and 6,030a 3r 20p of excellent forest land, all enclosed and tithable, and belonging to several freeholders, who each have the manorial rights of their own property. Babworth lordship contains 1,184 acres, and is all in the occupancy of the owner, Henry B. Simpson Esq. Morton has 3,614 acres, belonging to the Duke of Newcastle, the Hon. and Rev. J.L. Saville, William Mason, and John and William Walker Esqrs., and Ranby has 1,222 acres, of which the Ladies Clinton and Henry Champion Esq. are the principal proprietors. Babworth is a pleasant village, on the Worksop Road, 1½ miles west of Retford. Its vicinity contains some of the finest scenery in this part of the county, and its beauty has been greatly enhanced by its present proprietor, Henry Bridgman Simpson Esq. of Babworth Hall, a very handsome mansion, situated on a gentle declivity, in the midst of beautiful pleasure grounds and thriving plantations. The grounds are ornamented with a fine sheet of water, a Swiss cottage, and other picturesque objects.
The church, dedicated to All Saints, stands on an eminence near the Hall. It is a neat, Gothic edifice, with a tower and three bells, and contains several marble monuments of a modern date."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Babworth also has a modern Crematorium. I was unable to find when it was established, although one article gives a year of 2018.



  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2416
1871 R.G. 10 / 3454
1891 R.G. 12 / 2641

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in the early Norman era, circa 1290. It has a low stone tower with a clock and three bells. Much of the structure was built or rebuilt in the 15th century.
  • The church was partially restored in 1859.
  • The church was completely restored in 1877-78.
  • The church seats 220.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • The church is famous for the Snowdrops (flowers) growing around it. You can see some at Flickr.com.
  • A mission church was built at Ranby in 1898. It was an iron structure.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1622 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.
  • The church is currently in the Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Babworth is a township and a large parish that sits in the north of Nottinghamshire, about 1.5 miles west of Retford and 7 miles north-east of Worksop. The parish covers over 6,300 acres and includes the hamlets of Ranby, Great Morton, Little Morton and Morton Grange.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B6079 arterial road off of the A1 motorway at Ranby and turn east toward Retford. The vilage of Babworth will be just before entering Retford.
  • The Babworth Rovers are the local football (soccer) club. Many players come from surrounding villages, but you'll be expected to cheer them on in the local pubs.
You can see pictures of Babworth which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Babworth has a connection with the American Pilgim founders. Richard CLYFTON was parson here between 1586 and 1605. Two of his friends were William BREWSTER and William BRADFORD, both passengers aboard The Mayflower.
  • Babworth also has a connection with America through the vicar Frank WILBERFORCE. He was the great grandson of William WILBERFORCE who was one of the leaders of the campaign to abolish slavery.


  • You can find some Babworth area maps at the Francis Firth site.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK685808 (Lat/Lon: 53.319705, -0.973158), Babworth which are provided by:


Military History

In the church chancel, is a stained window to Arthur H. EYRE, son of Major-Gen. Sir William EYRE, K.C.B., killed during the war in Ashanti, Feb. 4th, 1874.

In the All Saints Churchyard Extension there are two Commonwealth War Graves from World War 1 and one from World War II.

Lieut-Col. Henry DENISON retired from the Royal Engineers as full Colonel after being a landowner in this parish. He settled in Eaton, NTT, with his wife Edith Kate (nee TAYLOR) who was born in India.


Military Records

There are three Commonwealth War Graves in All Saints churchyard (data from the CWGC site in August, 2017):

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Dennis Walter PICK sub-lieutenant Royal Navy Volun. Rsrv., HMS Seaham 23 Sept. 1946 Age 21, son of Walter H. G. PICK and Mary PICK
Thomas SPENCER driver 3rd Depot Coy, Army Service Corps 18 Feb. 1917 Age 33, son of L. SPENCER
William James WADE private Nottinghamshire Yeomanry 19 Dec. 1914 Age 41, son of W. J. WADE

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Babworth Parish Council regarding civic and political matters but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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 297
1851 608
1871 726
1881 731
1891 753
1901 760
1911 752
1921 678
1931 670
2001 1,329