Retford by Andrew Nicholson


Market day, Retford, c.1905.

Thatched house on Bridgegate, c.1900.
Thatched house on Bridgegate, c.1900.


“In 2002 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £78,000 to Bassetlaw Museum to enable the purchase and digitisation of 20,000 negatives taken by professional photographers Edgar Welchman and Son of Grove Street, Retford between 1910 and 1960.

The photograph collection contains over 27,000 photographs of the towns and villages of North Nottinghamshire and people who lived there from about 1870 to the present day. 8,000 general photographs from the museum's collections have been added to the Welchman Project images.”

There are photographs of Retford available to view on the following websites:

A collection of photographs assembled by B J Biggs has been deposited with the Local Studies department at the Denman Library in Retford.

Several collections of photographs of Retford have been published:


British Library

West Retford House, 1780. West Retford House, 1780.

Topographical drawings of Retford subjects from the 19th century include:

Film & video


A number of videos are available from Retford Local Studies Library, including:


Discovering Retford, a DVD produced in 2007 by the Retford Civic Society, provides a tour of the town’s heritage. It is available to view online on the Vimeo website.