The village of Ranskill dates back to the 9th century. The Danish name of 'Ravenskelf' meaning 'Ravenshill' literally means 'shelving knoll/ridge of the raven'.
Little is recorded about Ranskill during the period between the 9th and 16th century other than monks were known to pass through from Blyth to the Priory at Mattersey and Monarchs passed through travelling to the hunting lodge at Scrooby.
The church of St Barnabas was built in 1878, originally as a chapelry of Blyth.
In 1919 a donation of a site and £50 resulted in the building of the Church room which today still provides the largest community gathering facility in the village. More recent renovations have enabled the church to be used for more community activities.
If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.
Address: The Great North Road, Ranskill, Retford, DN22 8NJ
Opening Times: Please ring to arrange a visit.
Contact: 01777 818308 or 01777 818072
Directions: A1(M) 34. Take B6045 Bawtry Road to Blyth. In Blyth turn left onto Retford Road, then left again onto Blyth Road into Ranskill. Turn right onto Great North Road, church on left.
Grid Reference: SK 656 879 GB Grid
The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.
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