Retford by Andrew Nicholson


Detail of Chapman's map of Nottinghamshire (1774) showing the Retford area.

Detail of the 1886 Ordnance Survey 25" to the mile map of Retford showing the market square.


John Chapman’s map of Nottinghamshire (1774) is the earliest printed map at a sufficiently useful scale (1 statute mile to one inch) to provide basic information on town and village layout and the existence of landscape features such as roads, parkland and mills. A facsimile version was published by Nottinghamshire County Council in 2003.

George Sanderson’s map of the county twenty miles around Mansfield, originally published in 1835, covers most of Nottinghamshire at a useful scale of 2¼ inches to 1 mile (showing fields, individual buildings, roads, industrial sites, parish and township boundaries, etc) has recently been produced by Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Library Services:

Ordnance Survey

Large scale Ordnance Survey maps from the late 19th and early 20th centuries show the town and its features in great detail:

Consult copies at Retford Local Studies Library and Nottinghamshire Archives.


National Archives

Nottinghamshire Archives