Bassetlaw District

Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England. The district is predominantly rural, with two towns: Worksop, site of the borough council offices, and Retford.

Bassetlaw District
District
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQWorksop
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Governing bodyBassetlaw District Council
 • Council LeaderCllr Simon Greaves (Lab)
 • ExecutiveLabour
 • MPs:Brendan Clarke-Smith,
Robert Jenrick
Area
 • Total246.3 sq mi (637.8 km2)
Area rank64th
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total117,459
 • RankRanked 201st
 • Density480/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode Areas
DN, S
ONS code37UC (ONS)
E07000171 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.5% White
1.0% S.Asian
Websitebassetlaw.gov.uk

HistoryEdit

Bassetlaw was created as a non-metropolitan district in 1974 by the merger of the municipal boroughs of Worksop and East Retford and most of Worksop Rural District and East Retford Rural District following the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Local Government in Nottinghamshire is organised on a two-tier basis, with local district councils such as Bassetlaw District Council responsible for local services such as housing, local planning and refuse collection and Nottinghamshire County Council responsible for "wide-area" services, including education, social services and public transport.

The district is named after the ancient Bassetlaw wapentake of Nottinghamshire.

SettlementsEdit

Bassetlaw is divided into 66 parishes, each governed by an elected parish council or parish meeting. The two main settlements of Retford and Worksop are the only areas of the district that are unparished, however, both towns are entitled to elect a town mayor via their respective charter trustees.

Name Status Image Population (2011)[1] Ward(s)
Retford Unparished
(Charter trustees)
 
Retford Town Hall
22,023
  • Retford East
  • Retford North
  • Retford South
  • Retford West
Worksop Unparished
(Charter trustees)
 
Chesterfield Canal, Worksop
43,252
  • Worksop East
  • Worksop North
  • Worksop North East
  • Worksop North West
  • Worksop South
  • Worksop South East
Askham Civil parish
 
St. Nicholas' Church, Askham
181 East Markham
Babworth Civil parish
 
Chesterfield Canal, Babworth
1,687 Sutton
Barnby Moor Civil parish
 
Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor
278 Sutton
Beckingham Civil parish
 
All Saints' Church, Beckingham
1,098 Beckingham
Bevercotes Civil parish
 
Farm buildings in Bevercotes
Unknown East Markham
Blyth Civil parish
 
St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth
1,233 Blyth
Bole Civil parish
 
St Martin's Church, Bole
247 Sturton
Bothamsall Civil parish
 
Lound Hall, Bothamsall
270 East Markham
Carburton Civil parish
 
Ollerton Road Bridge, Carburton
Unknown Welbeck
Carlton in Lindrick Civil parish
 
St. John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick
5,623 Carlton
Clarborough and Welham Civil parish
 
Public house in Clarborough
1,088 Clayworth
Clayworth Civil parish
 
St Peter's Church, Clayworth
419 Clayworth
Clumber and Hardwick Civil parish
 
Clumber Park
Unknown Welbeck
Cottam Civil parish
 
Cottages in Cottam
108 Rampton
Darlton Civil parish
 
St. Giles Church, Darlton
110 Tuxford and Trent
Dunham-on-Trent Civil parish
 
St. Oswald's Church, Dunham-on-Trent
343 Tuxford and Trent
East Drayton Civil parish
 
St. Peter's Church, East Drayton
252 Tuxford and Trent
East Markham Civil parish
 
St. John the Baptist Church
1,160 East Markham
Eaton Civil parish
 
Eaton
233 East Markham
Elkesley Civil parish
 
St. Giles Church, Elkesley
822 Welbeck
Everton Civil parish
 
Holy Trinity Church, Everton
839 Everton
Fledborough Civil parish
 
St Gregory's Church, Fledborough
Unknown Tuxford and Trent
Gamston Civil parish
 
St Peter's Church, Gamston
246 East Markham
Gringley on the Hill Civil parish
 
St Peter & St Paul's Church
699 Everton
Grove Civil parish
 
View towards Grove
105 Rampton
Harworth Bircotes Civil parish
 
All Saints Church, Harworth
7,948 Harworth
Haughton Civil parish
 
Haughton watermill
Unknown East Markham
Hayton Civil parish
 
St. Peter's Church, Hayton
385 Clayworth
Headon cum Upton Civil parish
 
St. Peter's Church, Headon
253 Rampton
Hodsock Civil parish
 
Hodsock Priory
2,472 Langold
Holbeck Civil parish
 
Chapel of St. Winifred
195 Welbeck
Laneham Civil parish
 
Signpost in Laneham
312 Tuxford and Trent
Lound Civil parish
 
Lound
471 Sutton
Marnham Civil parish
 
St. Wilfrid's Church, Marnham
117 Tuxford and Trent
Mattersey Civil parish
 
All Saints' Church, Mattersey
792 Ranskill
Misson Civil parish
 
St. John the Baptist Church, Misson
745 Everton
Misterton Civil parish
 
All Saints' Church, Misterton
2,140 Misterton
Nether Langwith Civil parish
 
Public house in Nether Langwith
526 Welbeck
Normanton on Trent Civil parish
 
St. Matthew's Church
345 Tuxford and Trent
North and South Wheatley Civil parish
 
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's
509 Sturton
North Leverton with Habblesthorpe Civil parish
 
North Leverton Windmill
1,047 Sturton
Norton and Cuckney Civil parish
 
St. Mary's Church, Cuckney
351 Welbeck
Ragnall Civil parish
 
St.Leonard's Church, Ragnall
Unknown Tuxford and Trent
Rampton and Woodbeck Civil parish
 
All Saints' Church, Rampton
1,139 Rampton
Ranskill Civil parish
 
Church of St Barnabas, Ranskill
1,362 Rampton
Rhodesia Civil parish
 
Chesterfield Canal, Rhodesia
982 Worksop North West
Saundby Civil parish
 
Church of St Martin of Tours
165 Worksop North West
Scaftworth Civil parish
 
Public house in Scaftworth
Unknown Everton
Scrooby Civil parish
 
St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby
315 Blyth
Shireoaks Civil parish
 
Shireoaks Hall
1,432 Worksop North West
South Leverton Civil parish
 
All Saints’ Church, South Leverton
480 Rampton
Stokeham Civil parish
 
St. Peter's Church, Stokeham
Unknown Rampton
Sturton le Steeple Civil parish
 
Sturton le Steeple
486 Sturton
Styrrup with Oldcotes Civil parish
 
St. Helen's Church, Oldcotes
684 Blyth
Sutton Civil parish
 
St. Bartholomew’s Church
673 Sutton
Torworth Civil parish
 
Great North Road, Torworth
263 Ranskill
Treswell Civil parish
 
St. John the Baptist Church, Treswell
211 Rampton
Tuxford Civil parish
 
Tuxford High Street
2,649 Tuxford and Trent
Walkeringham Civil parish
 
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Walkeringham
1,022 Beckingham
Wallingwells Civil parish
 
Wallingwells Hall
22 Carlton
Welbeck Civil parish
 
Welbeck Abbey
Unknown Welbeck
West Burton Civil parish
 
West Burton power stations
Unknown Sturton
West Drayton Civil parish
 
West Drayton
225 East Markham
West Markham Civil parish
 
All Saints' Church, West Markham
170 East Markham
West Stockwith Civil parish
 
West Stockwith lock
327 Misterton
Wiseton Civil parish
 
Cottages in Wiseton
Unknown Clayworth

PoliticsEdit

Parliamentary constituencyEdit

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act. Bassetlaw was for many years a safe seat for the Labour Party. 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.

The constituency was held by the Labour Party until December 2019, when the incumbent Labour MP John Mann stood down to take on a full-time role as the government’s antisemitism tsar. He was later given a life peerage in Theresa May's resignation honours list, styling himself Baron Mann, of Holbeck Moor in the City of Leeds. In the 2019 general election the Conservative Party candidate Brendan Clarke-Smith won the seat with the biggest swing in the election, turning a 4,852 Labour majority into a 14,013 Conservative majority and becoming the first non-Labour MP to represent the constituency in 90 years.[2]

Members of Parliament:

Council electionsEdit

Bassetlaw District Council was created in 1974 following the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The first elections to the council took place on 7 June 1973, which resulted in the Labour Party taking control of the newly created council after winning 29 of 51 seats available. Following the next set of elections in 1976, the Labour Party lost its majority and no single party held a majority of seats. Labour regained control of the council following the 1979 local elections and continued to hold a majority of seats on the council for a further 25 years until they once again lost their majority in 2004. In 2006, the Conservatives gained control of the council for the first time and held control until 2010 when a series of by-election defeats caused them to lose their majority. Labour regained control of the council in 2011 for the first time in seven years and has been in control of the council since.

The most recent council election on 2 May 2019 resulted in the Labour Party retaining its control of the council with an increased majority. The Conservative Party suffered its worst defeat in Bassetlaw since 1973, winning only 5 seats of the 12 seats it was defending. Both Independents and Labour gained seats from the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats gained a seat from Labour in East Retford West, the first Liberal Democrat elected in Bassetlaw since 2006.[3]

Year Labour Conservative Independent Liberal Democrats
2019 election 37 5 5 1
2015 election 33 12 3 0
2011 election 27 18 3 0
2010 election 20 25 3 0
2008 election 16 30 2 0
2007 election 16 27 5 0
2006 election 14 28 5 1


WardsEdit

Bassetlaw is divided into 25 wards for electoral purposes. Each ward returns either one, two or three councillors at each election depending upon the number of electors within each ward.[4]

  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

DemographyEdit

PopulationEdit

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.[5]

ReligionEdit

Religion Percent[6]
Christian 81.53%
Buddhist 0.09%
Hindu 0.13%
Jewish 0.05%
Muslim 0.33%
Sikh 0.07%
No religion 9.99%

Town twinningEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local Area Reports". Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Bassetlaw voters reject Labour in 'gigantic' swing to Tories at General Election". Lincolnshire Live.
  3. ^ "Council Results". www.electionscentre.co.uk. Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Bassetlaw". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ Bassetlaw District: Historical statistics: Population, A Vision of Britain through Time, retrieved 18 April 2011
  6. ^ Bassetlaw: Census Area Statistics, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 18 April 2011

Coordinates: 53°24′N 0°57′W / 53.40°N 0.95°W / 53.40; -0.95