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Retford, sometimes known as East Retford, is a market town in Nottinghamshire’s Bassetlaw District and one of the oldest English market towns, having received its first charter in 1105. In addition to being an ancient market town and the infamous Rotten Borough, Retford is regarded as the birthplace of Nonconformism, with the Pilgrims, Baptists, and Wesleys all having their roots here. Retford is located in a shallow, fertile river valley with a large flood plain on either side of the Idle River. The geology and habitat in and around Retford are diverse. Bassetlaw has 30 identified ancient forests of more than 2 hectares, and the town is surrounded by a varied environment that includes uncommon and endangered animals and birds.

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