Chapter 1: Hundred of Bassetlaw–Derivation of the Town's name–General description
Chapter 2: Prefatory observations–Extracts from the Doomsday Book–Public and private grants, &c. chronologically arranged
Chapter 3: First establishment of corporations–Recapitulation of ancient grants, charters, &c.–Charter of King James I.
Chapter 4: State of the representation–Contested elections–Election of 1826–List of representatives
Chapter 5: Antiquity of the office of bailiff–Aldermen of 1607–List of bailiffs from 1700–Present body corporate
Chapter 6: Places of public worship–The Parish ChurchThe Methodist chapel–The Independent Dissenters' chapel
Chapter 7: The Free Grammar School–The National School–Sleswicke's hospital–The Alms Houses–The Dorcas Charity
Chapter 8: Public buildings, works &c.–The Square, &c.–The Town Hall–The Theatre–The News Room–The Post Office–The Bank–The Workhouse–The bridge–The Broad Stone
Chapter 9: The Great North Road–The Deanry of Retford–The Chesterfield Canal–The River Idle–The Cars and Commons
Chapter 10: Miscellaneous articles–The Savings' Bank–Mr Holmes' Room–Mr John Hudson's Room–Biographical sketches
Chapter 11: West Retford–General description–The Parish Church–Catalogue of the RectorsHoly Trinity Hospital–The Free School–Baptists' Meeting House–Family of the Denmans
Chapter 12: Babworth–General description–The Parish Church–The hamlet of Ranby–The hamlet of Moreton
Chapter 13: Ordsall–General description–The hamlet of Thrumpton–Whitehouses–The Parish Church–Catalogue of Rectors
Chapter 14: Grove–General description–Castle Hill Wood–The Parish Church–Catalogue of Rectors–Family of the Eyres
Chapter 15: Clarborough–General description–The Parish Church–Catalogue of vicars–The hamlet of Bolham–Hamlet of Welham–Hamlets of Moorgate and Spittal-Hill–Hamlet of Little Greenley
Maps: The Retford area in the 1830s
  John Shadrach Piercy (1801-1868)