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Retford - A small market town located in North Nottinghamshire, in a local region called Bassetlaw,Retford, is written as 'Redforde' in the Domesday Book of 1086 and gets its name from an ancient ford crossing over the River Idle which bisects the town, where the red clay upon which the river flowed would become disturbed, with the passing of livestock, colouring the water red.

Retford gained its first charter in 1246, when Henry III granted the right for a fair and Retford became a market town. Later prosperity was due to its position on the famous Great North Road to Scotland. It was also located on the Chesterfield Canal.

Southwell - Ten miles north east of Nottingham. A delightful old cathedral city in the Dukeries, a large area of coalmines. In 1646 Charles I rode out from the Saracen's Head and was taken prisoner by the Scots. The Archbishop's Palace is in ruins; and the old Minster, in which seven archbishops were buried, became the cathedral in late Victorian times. Famous for excuisitely carved leaves, in the Chapter House, some of the finest in Britain. Nearby are Rufford Country Park and Abbey and a variety of woods, remnants of Sherwood Forest.

Sutton-In-Ashfield - Originated from a clearing in Nottingham Forest, a market town which developed textile manufacturing 300 years ago. Now it is a large urban area, neighbouring Mansfield.

West Bridgford - West Bridgford lies just a few miles south of Nottingham, in the borough of Rushcliffe. Over of a third of the borough’s population (which totals over 100,000) live here, and enjoy the many facilities on offer.

The town has a very sporting theme, being home to the grounds both of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and of Nottingham Forest FC. As well as watching sport, you can also participate, with a visit to Rushcliffe Leisure Centre or Rushcliffe Arena. There is also the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

In addition to having the nearby city of Nottingham to explore, there are a number of attractions in the vicinity of West Bridgford. Holme Pierrepont Hall is well worth a visit, and for a museum with a difference, try the Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum, which has displays and information about this traditional craft, as well as the opportunity to purchase items made in the old-fashioned way.

Worksop - Worksop is situated at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest within the county of Nottinghamshire and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times; there was already a well-established settlement by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. The Norman baronial family of Lovetot built a castle here and also founded the Augustinian priory (1103 AD). Worksop was granted a royal charter in 1296.

Worksop is often referred to as the “Gateway to The Dukeries” , an area so called from the number of ducal residences in the vicinity (Welbeck, Thoresby, Clumber, Worksop, Rufford). Large areas of the forest were claimed as these noble house were built, and parks created and landscaped for their owners.

Worksop’s growth was boosted by the building of the Chesterfield Canal (completed in 1777) and the arrival of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1849, which attracted trade, commerce and people into the town.

Although the coal industry has declined, Worksop’s businesses have continued to develop and expand, around the transport, electronics, engineering, and production of clothing/textile industries. The town’s population is now almost 40,000 (mid 1997 estimate).

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