Retford by Andrew Nicholson


A list of books and articles on aspects of Retford's history is available on the Nottinghamshire Bibliography Online.

A selection of key books and articles extracted from the Nottinghamshire Bibliography follows.


Trade directories

Trade directories are an invaluable resource for 19th/early 20th century town history. Leicester University has recently made the full text of a representative selection of trade directories for Nottinghamshire available online:


The following newspapers are available to view on microfilm at Retford Library:

Newspaper title

Dates available


Bassetlaw & County Express

Mar-May 1874


East Retford Advertiser



North Notts Guardian



North Notts Herald

Sep 1937-Feb 1938


Retford & Bassetlaw Gazette

Sep 1858- Jun 1859


Retford & Gainsborough Times

Mar 1871 to date


Retford & North Notts Guardian

1990 to date


Retford Dispatch

Nov-Dec 1932; Jan 1933


Retford, Worksop & Gainsborough Herald

1889-1929 (incomplete)


Sisson’s Shopper

Jun 1972- Mar 1974


Source: Nottinghamshire County Council Library Service


All periods

Medieval to seventeenth century

Eighteenth - Twentieth Century

Economic history

Local government and services

Schools and Education

History and archaeology

Biography and family history

Religion and churches

Culture and recreation


West Retford