Archives & Libraries

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



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642
1901 R.G. 13 / 3123

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church is a Norman structure, and the date of construction is estimated to be inthe 12th century.
  • The church is situated in Low Town.
  • The church restored in 1891.
  • The south porch was rebuilt in 1932.
  • Katy WALTERS has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Steve FAREHAM also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) includes records from this parish for the period 1760-1859.
  • John MELLORS has compiled a list of Laneham marriages in a text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford (the No, 2 deanery of Retford).
  • The church is currently in the Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here in 1834.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Laneham is both a village and a parish sitting on the west bank of the River Trent about 135 miles north of London, 8 miles south-east of Retford, 12 miles south of Gainsborough and 5.5 miles north-east of Tuxford. The parish covers 1,589 acres and includes the two hamlets of HighTown and Low Town.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A57 trunk road west out of Lincoln and turn north just after Durham.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012. You might want to stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Laneham which are provided by:



John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"  tells us:

"LANEHAM, a parish, with a village, in East Retford district, Notts; on the river Trent, at the boundary with Lincoln, 2¾ miles SSW of Cottam r. station, and 5¾ NE of Tuxford. Post-town, Dunham-on-Trent, under Newark. Acres, 1,605. Real property, £ 4,168. Pop., 376. Houses, 86. The manor is held, under the Archbishop of York, by R. Glossop, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £120. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church is old but good, and has a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel and charities £13."

Historical Geography

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



  • A ferry across the Trent River used to function out of Low Town hamlet. It was owned and operated by Robert GLOSSOP in 1858.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK808763 (Lat/Lon: 53.277534, -0.789699), Laneham which are provided by:


Military History

  • Katy WALTERS has a photograph of the War Memorial at Broading's Lane and Main Street on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Tim HEATON also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
  • The War Memorial was unveiled 25th May 1922. It is a square Scottish granite plinth and obelisk on a two-tiered base. It is usually enclosed in wrought-iron railings. There are seven names on the memorial.

Military Records

There are the 7 names listed on the War MemoriaI monument:

  1. Herbert GREEN
  2. William GREEN
  3. Wilfred HANDLEY
  4. Frank JOHNSON
  5. John RAWSON
  6. Frank THORNHILL
  7. Charles WILCOX

Details on these individuals can be found at the Nottingham War Memorials web site.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This place was also part of the Southwell and Scrooby Liberty in ancient times.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • On 24 March, 1884, this parish was slightly reduced in size to enlarge Kettlethorpe Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Laneham Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT be able to do family history searches for you. They are not funded for that work.
  • 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.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here around 1780.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.
  • The poor had 2 shillings worth of bread each Sunday and a supply of coal in the winter, all from several small charities.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 302
1841 385
1851 410
1861 376
1871 379
1881 305
1891 328
1901 313
1911 303
1921 322


  • A National School for both sexes was built here before 1869.