Rampton, Nottinghamshire

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All Saints' Rampton, Notts. - geograph.org.uk - 1549455.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Rampton is located in Nottinghamshire
Rampton shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 1,139 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK798785
Civil parish
  • Rampton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Retford
Postcode district DN22
Dialling code 01777
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°17′51″N 0°48′15″W / 53.29746°N 0.80414°W / 53.29746; -0.80414Coordinates: 53°17′51″N 0°48′15″W / 53.29746°N 0.80414°W / 53.29746; -0.80414

Rampton is a village and civil parish about 6 miles (10 km) east of Retford in Nottinghamshire, England. The parish is long and thin, extending about 7 miles (11 km) east–west but only about 1 mile (1.6 km) north–south. Its eastern boundary is the River Trent, which here also forms the county boundary with Lincolnshire.

The parish is best known for Rampton Secure Hospital, which is at the hamlet of Woodbeck about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Rampton village.

The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 1,139.[1][2]


The toponym "Rampton" is probably derived from Old English Ramm-tūn, meaning "farmstead where rams are kept".[3]

On the eastern boundary of All Saints' churchyard is a mid-16th-century Tudor gateway to Old Manor Farm. It is brick with terracotta panels and is a Grade I listed building.[4] It used to lead to the manor house, which was demolished about 1851.[5]

The area used to be served by Cottam railway station, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Rampton village. The station opened in 1850 and closed in 1959.

Parish church[edit]

The oldest part of the Church of England parish church of All Saints is a 10th-century Anglo-Saxon column in its north arcade. Most of the building is Gothic or later, from the 13th to 17th centuries. The building was restored in 1894.[6]

The west tower is 13th-century and has a ring of six bells. George I Oldfield of Nottingham cast the third bell in 1622 and the fifth bell in 1635. Thomas Hilton of Wath-upon-Dearne cast the fourth bell in 1809. John Taylor & Co of Loughborough cast the treble, second and tenor bells in 1947.[7] The church is a Grade I listed building.[6]

All Saints' parish is part of the Benefice of Retford Area Team Ministry.[8]


Rampton has a pub, the Eyre Arms,[9] and a primary school.[10]


The entrance to Rampton Secure Hospital at Woodbeck

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