Misterton is located in the far north-east of Bassetlaw and of Nottinghamshire, between Walkeringham to the south and Haxey in North Lincolnshire to the north. The east of the village is bordered by the River Trent and the west by farmland. The village lies six miles (10 km) north-west of Gainsborough, on the busy A161 that runs between Beckingham and Goole. The Doncaster to Lincoln Line runs north-south to the east of the village. There is currently no station on the line between Gainsborough and Doncaster. The village is the last along the A161 road going north, before Lincolnshire and the Isle of Axholme. The B1403 for Gringley-on-the-Hill meets the main road here. The A161 is the main road through to the Isle of Axholme, entering it less than 1 km north of crossing the River Idle at Haxey Gate Bridge next to the Haxey Gate Inn. The river meets the Trent in the parish. The Trent Valley Way and Cuckoo Way, which follow the Chesterfield Canal at this point, cross the Trent at West Stockwith.
The parish boundary follows the River Idle through Misterton Soss and the railway line to the north-east, then continues along the county boundary, again by the River Idle, and follows the Gringley and Misterton Boundary Drain to the west. It crosses Fountain Hill before following Fox Covert Lane, near the primary school, to meet the Trent.
The population has risen to an estimated 2,145 since the 2001 census put it at 1,223.
The Misterton Ward of Bassetlaw District Council contains the villages of West Stockwith and Misterton, but excludes Stockwith Road, Newells Terrace, Bramley Way and Pippin Close, which fall within the Walkeringham parish.
Misterton Carr to the west of the village, is an area of fenland. South of the River Idle (until the 1600s known as Bycarrsdike), it forms the lowest reaches of the Isle of Axholme, which extends into Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Despite attempts since Roman times to drain the flood plain in the area, only improved drainage since the 1970s has allowed the whole of it to become arable land.
The place-name Misterton seems to contain the Old English word mynster – a monastery, the church of a monastery or religious body, a church served by secular clergy – with the likewise Old English word tūn, meaning an enclosure, a farmstead, a village or an estate. In other words the name may mean "monastery farm/settlement".
The village primary school is located in Grove Wood Road on the former secondary school site. The former primary school buildings in High Street now house the Youth and Community Centre, next to which is a library. There is a Co-op store opposite. There is a fire station to the south of the village, just inside the parish of Walkeringham.
The parish church, a Grade I listed building, is dedicated to All Saints. It belongs to the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The east window of the Holy Cross chapel was designed by John Piper and made by his glassmaker, Patrick Reyntiens.
The village has two pubs, the Red Hart and the Haxey Gate Inn. Three other drinking places have closed: the Windmill in High Street (demolished 1974), the Packet Inn next to the canal (closed in 2002, later demolished)), and Misterton Sports Social Club (closed in 2016).
Misterton United football club has been run by the local community for many years. It now ranges from junior through to senior level and also has a girls' team. It plays in the Gainsborough district league and the Doncaster junior league.
Misterton Bowls Club plays in the Gainsborough League, the Isle of Axholme League and the Pensioners League. The last plays afternoon games, the others are evening leagues. Misterton won the Isle of Axholme League in 2018, the first time they had done this since the League started in 1978. The club also plays friendly matches and has an annual away fixture with Cleethorpes.
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- City Population. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
- "Misterton-neighbourhood area map" (PDF).
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- National Archives: E 31/2/2/3826.
- , Closed Pubs in Nottinghamshire.
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