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Retford's Village Street Names Explained

Published: 11/08/2020 By Richard Bennett

More Street Names explained, out in the villages surrounding Retford. Again, if anyone has any other village road names that they can explain, please get in touch. 

We’d love to hear them as we are passionate about our local area and the history attached to Retford and the surrounding area.

Mayflower Avenue, Scrooby - William Brewster was the Postmaster of Scrooby who sailed on the Mayflower that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from England to the New World in 1620.

Pipistrelle Close, North Leverton – When the old houses of the “Board” estate, (built by the Central Electricity Generating Board) to house workers of their West Burton Power Station, were being demolished, work stopped as the protected Pipistrelle bat was found roosting in the half demolished properties. The new houses were then build when the bats flew away.

Station Road, Scrooby, Barnby Moor, Ranskill, North & South Leverton, Sturton le Steeple, Beckingham and Walkeringham – All of these villages once had railway stations opened in the Victorian era, now long closed though at Beckingham and Walkeringham, the platform edges can still be made out and signal boxes at Sutton, Ranksill and Beckingham are still in situ.

Underwood Avenue, Torworth – The land on which these properties are built used to belong to Mr Joseph Archibald Henry Underwood, a local land owner.

Blyth Hall, Blyth – Pretty easy to explain... The former homes to the Barons Barnby and the High Sheriffs of Nottinghamshire, Blyth Hall was once a large country house. The hall was demolished in 1972 and the houses were built in the grounds.

Chequers Close, Ranby – Named after the Grade II Listed public house in Ranby, The Chequers Inn which is a stone’s throw away.

Gibbet Hill Lane, Scrooby - This lane is named after a brutal crime that took place in 1779 when John Spencer, who had been playing cards with Scrooby's toll-bar keeper, William Yeadon, and his mother, returned to the toll house and killed both of them. Spencer was interrupted by travellers in the act of dragging one body across the road towards the River Ryton and arrested shortly thereafter. He was executed and his body afterwards hung in a gibbet cage.

Blyth Road/Old Blyth Road, Ranby – Before the A1 was built, this was the A1 !

Aplyhead Roundabout – Sometimes called 5 Lanes End by locals as there were 5 roads off the old roundabout. Road to Worksop, A1 Northbound, A1 Southbound, Mansfield Road to Retford and a tiny little farm track that is now cut off after major engineering work to modernise the road network.

Laycock Avenue, Gringley on the Hill - Sir Joseph Frederick Laycock was a British Army officer and Olympic sailor. He was at one time a Deputy Lieutenant, Lord Lieutenant and, in 1906, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and lived very close by at Wiseton Hall.

Horsewells Street, Gringley on the Hill – On this street can be found the Horsewell, providing the horses that once worked on the land a drink on their way back from the field to the farm.

Priory Close, Mattersey – Named after the ruined Priory in Mattersey.

Keyes Close, Bloomfield Lane, Bader Rise, Wavell Close, Cunningham Close, Mattersey Thorpe – The names of these street are named after prominent figures of World War II when many bungalows were constructed during the war, these having been replaced in the 1970s.

St Peters Lane, Clayworth – Named after the 12th century St Peter's Church of Clayworth.

St Bartholomew’s Court, Sutton – Named after the Grade I Listed Church of St Bartholomew of Sutton.

Torksey Ferry Road, Rampton – The Trent crossing is at the end of this almost arrow straight lane that was used to cross the River Trent to Torksey on the Lincolnshire side of the river.

Nightingale Way, Galen Avenue, Cavell Close, Fleming Drive, Woodbeck – All named after medical or nursing Britons who made advances in nursing and medicine. Florence Nightingale who pioneered modern nursing. Galen of Pergamon, a physician in the Roman Empire. Edith Cavell, the British nurse, celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides of World War I without discrimination and Sir Alexander Fleming, the Scottish physician who discovered of penicillin.

St Johns Drive, Clarborough – Named after the Church of St John the Baptist of Clarborough.

Glebe Close, North Wheatley – Built on land that once belonged to the church. A Glebe is an area of land within a parish used to support a parish priest.

St Helens Rise, South Wheatley - Thought to have been built in the 11th century and said to have been one of the smallest churches in England, the surviving ruins of St Helen's Church consist of a free standing arch and tower. The church was declared redundant in 1883 and subsequently demolished, its walls pulled down by traction engines.

St Martins Road, North Leverton – The Grade I listed parish church in North Leverton is dedicated to St Martin.

Meden Bank, Bothamsall – The River Meden flows to the south of the village, merging with the Rivers Poulter and Maun to form the River Idle.

Lady Well Lane, Headon - Said to be of medieval origin, the Lady Well is Grade II listed and lies just off this road.