Today's roadmaps make no
distinction between East Retford and West Retford although for
centuries they were legally different. East Retford has been a
municipal borough since the 13th century whilst West Retford
was only a parish. Now they are as one, Retford.
The Great North Road
passes through the centre of Retford, a thriving market town
and a centre of communications through the years with the
river Idle passing to Worksop and the River Trent and the
Chesterfield Canal built in the 18th century. In the 19th
century the railways arrived improving travel still further
with links from Retford to London and Edinburgh on the East
Coast line and the east-west line passing through from
Sheffield to Lincoln.
The best time for
tourist to visit Retford is on a sunny market day morning, the
market centre with its variety of colourful stalls is vibrant
and exciting, a farmers market is
an interesting addition with fresh local produce as varied as
Ostrich, Bison, Olives, Honey, Ice Cream and others,
occasionally the old Buttermarket opens in the base of the
Town Hall to host a book fair or craft fair.
The main Victorian Town
Hall is not to be missed, this fine building in the Georgian
square where the market is held demonstrates the wealth of the
town in those days of old. Nearby are St Swithun's church and
Sloswicke's Hospital, a delightful building founded in 1657.
While away a few hours in the nearby King's Park on the banks
of the River Idle.
A Russian cannon stands
proudly in the centre of Cannon square, captured in 1855 at
the Battle of Sebastapol, it was brought to Retford four years
later through the efforts of local author John Shadrack Piercy
as a memorial to the Crimeran War.
Shopping in Retford -
Retford offers a wealth of
unique shops, markets 3 times a week and monthly
farmers markets. Find out more...