There are a number of other interesting places to visit in the area, and quite a lot of useful stuff on the interweb, with a bit of googleresearch....

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Thoroton refers to a writ of false judgment in 21 Henry VIII., between Elizabeth Fenton, widow, against John Hill and others, concerning three messuages, 200 acres of land—40 of meadow, 20 of pasture, 4 of wood, and los. rent, with the appurtenances here, in the King’s Court of Mansfield, in Sherwood. He adds the prime capital messuage in Scofton hath for some time belonged to the Jessops.

There is an interesting National Trust Property there, "Mr Straws House" an ordinary persons house, but frozen in time, bit different from all the Stately Homes and Parks in The Dukeries

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In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Scofton like this:

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The main reason I would like to visit Retford is because of the war connection to my uncle.

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Scofton next came into the hands of a branch of the Sutton family, it having been purchased by Brigadier Richard Sutton, a younger son of the ancient house of that name, and a resident at Avesham and Kelham in this county.

Picture is by kind permission of Michael Butterfield who is behind the last pilot on the right.

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I woukd suggest considering Lincoln which is about 20 miles east of retford, Lincoln is a lovely little city with some great places to see including the cathedral and castle, both have station, but cant remember what lines they are on.

As already stated, Hardwick stands at the head of Clumber Lake, which from this point, its best view, presents a. very fine expanse of water, with well-wooded margins. These different objects, with the house seen in the distance, form altogether a very pleasing landscape.

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Thank you for the input. I do wish to visit Lincoln - I am very interested in cathedral towns and have already been to York, Salisbury, Chester and Winchester. I can spend hours in a cathedral, so Lincoln needs a whole day dedicated to it, at least.

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You probably have found this already, but Wikipedia has a decent entry, that tells you most things

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A church is recorded in existence at Osberton in Domesday Book. It is unclear whether this church lay on the site of the present building at Scofton or elswhere; research is ongoing.

For sure there is nothing as spectacular as Lincoln Cathedral there, but then you were not asking about Lincoln, eh??

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this photo was taken around 1957 of RAF flying instructors and local airwork staff at RAF Worksop or Scofton as it was known locally a little time before it closed. The aircraft is a Gloster Meteor single-seat fighter.

Scofton

Retford is a pleasant enough Market Town with some nice buildings, worth a wander for an afternoon.

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The runways have been removed and the only thing remaining is traces of the taxiway.

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This, again, is an ancient hamlet of Worksop Parish, distant about four miles from the town to the South East, situated a mile from Clumber House, near the head of the lake.