Bassetlaw was initially ruled by the Danes

Bridge Street in Worksop in 1910
Bridge Street in Worksop in 1910

The name Basetlaw originates from Danish invasions of the Ninth Century and became a part of their kingdom under Danelaw in Britain in the 10th Century.

Place names ending in -thorpe in the district, like Hodthorpe or Mattersey Thorpe, indicate old Danish settlements.

The Norman conquest of Britain that began with the Battle of Hastings in 1066, ended with William I on the throne and some impressive architecture springing up across the land, including in Bassetlaw.

Blyth Church and Worksop Priory both retain impressive Norman arches.

Sherwood Forest also covered a large part of Bassetlaw in Norman times but gradual farming encroachments were made across the centuries and and it’s impact on Bassetlaw was gradually reduced to just the southern part of the district it touches today.

In the Middle Ages, Worksop, Tuxford, Blyth and Retford all established themselves as market towns, with Blyth and Tuxford also becoming well known as stopping points on the main roads from London to the north.

In the 16th and 17th Centuries, new religious movements were being established and Scrooby and Babworth were amongn the birth places of the Pilgrim Movement which eventually led to the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620.

In the 18th Century, the Ducal Estates were established around Worksop and the Dukes built their large houses around Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby.

As the 19th Century rolled into the 20th, Basssetlaw’s towns took on the familiar look they have today, as our picture shows, capturing a view of the Bridget Street and Newcastle Avenue junction in Worksop, around 1910.