The District of Bassetlaw is situated in Nottinghamshire and
borders with South Yorkshire to the north, Lincolnshire's Fens and
Wolds to the east and Derbyshire with the spectacular Peak District
to the west. It boasts thousands of acres of rolling countryside,
parkland and ancient woodlands, including Clumber Park, the most
popular visitor attraction in North Nottinghamshire.
Woodlands, charming villages and the Dukeries estates are among
Bassetlaw's other attractions. With the world famous Sherwood
Forest on the doorstep there is something for everyone in this
historic, semi-rural district.
The ancient market towns of Worksop
and Retford are home to nearly 60% of
the district’s population of 111,400 (mid 2006 estimate, ONS) with
48,679 households (tax based calculation, Nov 06). The remainder of
the population live in 73 villages, served by 45 parish councils
and 10 parish meetings. The rural communities range from small
market towns and former mining communities, to very small hamlets.
Bassetlaw is classified as a Rural 50 district, which indicates
that between 50-80% of the population lives in rural areas. The
wards with the largest number of rural households are Harworth,
Carlton, Tuxford and Trent, Langold, Misterton and Blyth.
Bassetlaw enjoys a reputation as a pleasant place to live, work
and enjoy leisure time with a lower cost of living than in nearby
Bassetlaw provides good business opportunities with industrial
units of all sizes available across the District. These are ideal
for businesses needing nationwide distribution and several
household names like Wilkinsons, B&Q and Oxo either have head
offices, major distribution centres or factories in the district.
Robin Hood Airport is just outside the
The name 'Bassetlaw' is believed to come from the old English
boernet (burnt place), soete (dwellers), and hlaw (hill) -
literally 'hill of the dwellers at the burnt place'. Bassetlaw is
mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Bernedslaue'. However, there is
evidence from Roman, Bronze Age and Stone Age artefacts from local
historic sites that it is even older. Britain’s only known Ice Age
rock art is to be found at Creswell Crags near
Many regard Bassetlaw as the birthplace of the United States of
America because in 1607 two of the original separatists, a Scrooby
postmaster named William Brewster and a parson from Babworth called
Richard Clyfton, joined dozens of other religious pilgrims to start
a new life in Holland after signing the Mayflower Compact. In 1620
the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on the
Mayflower to America.
Bassetlaw residents are served by Nottinghamshire County
Council and Bassetlaw District Council.
Last Updated - 25/07/2011