Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



  • 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 / 853
1861 R.G. 9 / 2416
1871 R.G. 10 / 3496
1891 R.G. 12 / 2641

Church History

  • There was no mention of a church here in the Domesday Survey of 1058.
  • There is some evidence of a church here in 1185.
  • The Anglican parish church was built in the late 13th century and dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church chancel was thoroughly rebuilt in 1517.
  • The church was restored in 1855.
  • The church was restored again in 1938-39.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • And Richard has another photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • John MELLORS tells us this about the weight of Gamston Bells finished in April 1722:
    1. 1st Bell 4h 0q 15p ( 463 lbs)
    2. 2nd Bell 5h 1q 14p ( 602 lbs)
    3. 3rd Bell 6h 1q 22p ( 722 lbs)
    4. 4th Bell 7h 2q 15p ( 855 lbs)
    5. 5th Bell 8h 3q 11p ( 991 lbs)
    6. Total Wt 32h 1q 21p (3633 lbs)

Make up

  • Old metal 23h 0q 13p (2589 lbs)
  • New metal 9h 1q 8p (1044 lbs)
  • The church closed for worship on 1 November 2015 and the ecclesiastical parish merged with Eaton

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the sixteenth century.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes the Bishop's Transcript from this parish for the period 1747-1843.
  • You might find this bit on Mary SHAW interesting.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Worksop.
  • In 1881 the parish had a small Baptist chapel operating.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village, township and parish lie 136 miles north of London and 3 miles south of East Retford. The River Idle runs through the parish. Gamston Wood stands just to the east and is owned by the Forestry Commission since 1984. The parish covers 1,974 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Roger GEACH has a photograph of the River Idle on Geo-graph as it passes through Gamston, taken in May, 2009.
  • Roger GEACH also has a photograph of Gamston village on Geo-graph from the Retford Road, taken in September, 2008.
  • By automobile, turn north off the A1 motorway at East Drayton on to the A638.
You can see pictures of Gamston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK709760 (Lat/Lon: 53.276251, -0.938206), Gamston which are provided by:


Medical Records

The Gamston Medical Centre was founded in 1994 and is part of the National Health Service. Patient records are protected by a 100-year closure law.


Military History

  • B. HILTON has a photograph of the World War II Firing Range, which is closer to Eaton than it is to Gamston, on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005. It was used by men from surrounding towns.
  • West of the village on the B6387 road is the former RAF aerodrome which has become Retford Gamston Airport. The RAF field opened in December, 1942. In May 1943 the field was transferred to Bomber Command Training.
  • After the war, the airfield was closed and sat unused.
  • In May 1953 the airport was reopened as a satellite for nearby Worksop Airport and 211 Advanced Flying School (later No. 4 Flying Training School) made it their home.
  • In 1993 Gamston Aviation Limited purchased the airport and took over operations.
  • The War Memorial is a bell hung in the churchtower and a brass commemorative plaque in the church.

Military Records


Names, Geographical

The name often appears as ‘Gamelston’ in older records.


Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Hatfield division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Holme Pierrepont & Gamston Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Ruscliffe Borough 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
1841 331
1871 251
1881 252
1891 238
1901 221
1911 244


  • Gamston Primary School has its own website, but there are NO students records online.
  • B. HILTON has a photograph of the new Gamston Village School on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005. The school was built on the east side of the village and opened in 2005.