West Retford f.143
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink on paper
"The village of West Retford is pleasantly seated on the Great North Road, in the Hatfield division of the Hundred of Bassetlaw, and separated from East Retford by the river Idle. A dash of rural beauty pervades a considerable portion of the village, and many of the houses bear the stamp of antiquity. Nearly opposite to "The decent church that tops the neighbouring hill" stands the rectory-house, which, though small, is neat, and very agreeably situated: a shrubbery and garden add to its beauty, whilst the whole wears an appearance of cheerfulness and content".
Extract from John S Piercy's 'History of Retford' .