Retro: Tuxford rose from the Domesday Book to grow with the times

Tuxford Market Place in 1880 with the Sun Inn on the left
Tuxford Market Place in 1880 with the Sun Inn on the left

To the southern edge of Bassetlaw lies the town of Tuxford and our picture shows the Market Place around 1880.

Tuxford was mentioned in the Domesday book and has been known at various points as Tuxfarne, Tusford and Tuxford-in-the-clay amongst other variations.

A market was in existence from early times and the then village is thought to have grown and extended out from the Market Place at the crossroads.

A fair was held in the village during the Middle Ages, which helped bring settlement status and it became a trading centre for the surrounding agricultural communities.

The town grew in importance and became well known to many travellers because of its position close to the Great North Road (now the A1).

It was a staging post for the coaches and consequently, there were many inns and stables established in the village, some of which, like the Sun Inn which can be seen on the left of our picture, are still there today.

Margaret Tudor, Charles I and William Gladstone are all reported have stayed overnight in Tuxford at one point in their lives.

Tuxford was nearly totally destroyed by fire in 1702 and most of the present buildings were built after that date.

From the 19th and into the 20th Century, Tuxford was an important railway junction with large shunting and marshalling yards to the south of the town.

During the 1930s, and up to the 1960s, as the growth of the motor vehicle escalated, so Tuxford’s roads became more and more busy and there was a constant stream of traffic through the town.

A by-pass now diverts it but Tuxford remains an important centre for its surrounding communities.