Bassetlaw District

Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England, with a population of 114,143 according to the mid-2014 estimate[1] by the Office for National Statistics. The borough is predominantly rural, with two towns: Worksop, site of the borough council offices, and Retford. The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Worksop and East Retford and most of Worksop Rural District and most of East Retford Rural District. It is named after the historic Bassetlaw wapentake of Nottinghamshire.

Bassetlaw District

Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQWorksop
  TypeNon-metropolitan district
  Governing bodyBassetlaw District Council
  Council LeaderCllr Simon Greaves (Lab)
  MPs:Vacant seat,
Robert Jenrick
  Total246.3 sq mi (637.8 km2)
Area rank64th
 (mid-2018 est.)
  RankRanked 202nd
  Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode Areas
ONS code37UC (ONS)
E07000171 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.5% White
1.0% S.Asian

The district council is now a non-constituent partner member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.


The two main settlements in Bassetlaw are Worksop and Retford. Smaller settlements include: Askham, Babworth, Beckingham, Bevercotes, Bircotes, Blyth, Bole, Bothamsall, Carburton, Carlton-in-Lindrick, Clarborough, Clayworth, Cotes, Cottam, Cuckney, Darlton, Dunham on Trent, East Drayton, East Markham, Eaton, Elkesley, Everton, Gamston, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Grove, Harwell, Harworth, Hayton, Headon, Langold, Lound, Low Marnham, Markham Moor, Marnham, Mattersey, Milton, Misson, Misterton, Normanton-on-Trent, North Leverton-with-Habblesthorpe, North Wheatley, Oldcotes, Ragnall, Rampton, Ranby, Ranskill, Rhodesia, Rockley, Saundby, Scrooby, Shireoaks, South Leverton, Sutton cum Lound, Sturton le Steeple, Torworth, Treswell, Tuxford, Walkeringham, West Drayton, West Markham, West Stockwith, Woodbeck

Civil parishes

There are 68 parishes in Bassetlaw. The two main settlements of Retford and Worksop are the only areas of the district that are unparished.


Bassetlaw is split into 25 separate wards for elections.

  1. Beckingham
  2. Blyth
  3. Carlton
  4. Clayworth
  5. East Markham
  6. East Retford East
  7. East Retford North
  8. East Retford South
  9. East Retford West
  10. Everton
  11. Harworth
  12. Langold
  13. Misterton
  1. Rampton
  2. Ranskill
  3. Sturton
  4. Sutton
  5. Tuxford and Trent
  6. Welbeck
  7. Worksop East
  8. Worksop North
  9. Worksop North East
  10. Worksop North West
  11. Worksop South
  12. Worksop South East


The first elections to the council took place in 1973, with Labour gaining control. The party held power until 1976, with no party in overall control until 1979. Labour gained control again in 1979 and held overall control until 2004. From 2004 to 2006 no party had overall control, but in 2006, the Conservatives gained control of the council. John Mann, of the Labour party, has been MP of Bassetlaw since 2001.

Parliamentary constituency

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act. Bassetlaw is a safe seat for the Labour Party, with them having held it since 1935. In fact, Labour first won the seat in the 1929 general election. However its Member of Parliament Malcolm MacDonald was one of the few Labour MPs to join his father Ramsay MacDonald's National Government. MacDonald held the seat as a National Labour candidate in the 1931 election, but was defeated at the next election in 1935 by Labour's Frederick Bellenger.


It turned Tory in 2019.

Council elections

Bassetlaw District Council was founded in 1973 with Labour first gaining control. From 1976 to 1979, no party had overall control, until the 1979 local elections in which Labour gained control. Labour controlled the council for 25 years, until once again no party had overall control. In 2006, the Conservatives gained control of the council, and held control until 2010 when a series of by-election defeats caused them to lose their majority. In 2011 Labour gained control of the council for the first time in seven years. In 2015 the District Council changed to all out elections with the entire Council's seats being up for election. The next elections will be held in 2019.

Council political makeup

YearLabourConservativeIndependentLiberal Democrats
2011 election271830
2010 election202530
2008 election163020
2007 election162750
2006 election142851



Population of Bassetlaw (1811–2011)
Year Population Year Population Year Population
1811 25,813 1881 43,735 1951 101,590
1821 30,148 1891 45,203 1961 99,221
1831 32,950 1901 50,796 1971 96,918
1841 34,961 1911 57,084 1981 101,119
1851 37,180 1921 63,854 1991 105,354
1861 39,365 1931 71,427 2001 107,701
2011 112,863
Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that now comprise Bassetlaw.
Source: Great Britain Historical GIS.[2]


Religion Percent[3]
No religion9.99%

Town twinning


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