The headstocks which stand close to the village of Clipstone are considered an important landmark to the people of the area, and community groups are trying to preserve these headstocks as a reminder of the area's once very busy mining history. The town was once a centre for coal mining, but as the demand for coal fell, Mansfield's many pits wound down and mine workers moved into other types of employment.
The town was originally the terminus of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, built as a horse-drawn plateway in 1819 and one of the first acquisitions of the newly formed Midland Railway. The Midland used the final section to extend its new Leen Valley line to the present station in 1849.
Television reception in Mansfield was variable, often being poor due to the location of the town at the edges between regions. Historically, Mansfield has been part of the BBC North and Yorkshire Television regions. Between 20 December 1965 and 30 July 1974, some homes in Mansfield received Anglia Television (until the Belmont transmitter began radiating Yorkshire Television).
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Mansfield Museum, situated alongside the Palace Theatre on Leeming Street, opened in 1904 and has been based on Leeming Street from 1938. Free to enter, it won the Guardian Family-friendly Museum of the Year Award in 2011.
Mansfield experiences a maritime climatic regime, as is typical for all parts of the British Isles. This results in a narrow temperature range, evenly spread rainfall, low levels of sunshine, and often breezy conditions throughout the year. The closest weather station to Mansfield for which records are available is Warsop, approximately 4 miles to the North of Mansfield town centre.
Mansfield town centre is situated in a 'bowl', a depression in the River Maun valley from which the town name is derived (Old English – Maunesfeld). A town centre ring-road was created with the old five main roads radiating out: the A60 to the North and South, the A617 to the East and West, and the A38 running to the South-West. An inner ring-road runs one-way around the town's shopping centre, enabling access to car parking and the major roads.
If you’re looking for things to do with your family in Mansfield, then there is a lot to do. Water Meadows Swimming Centre isn’t just any old swimming pool, it has exciting attractions including a wave machine, 50m twister flume, rapids ride, fast drop flume and water cannons, perfect for the kids, and adults who are still kids at heart.
Emley Moor is also receivable and in some areas of the town offers better reception than Belmont, providing BBC Yorkshire & North Midlands and Yorkshire Television (West).
A smaller nearby area called Buttercross market on West Gate, the site of the original cattle market, has a large old centre-piece of local stone dating from the sixteenth century and is nowadays heavily populated with stalls. Adjacent is Mansfield Library, officially opened by the Queen in 1977 and newly refurbished for 2012. The old Carnegie Library established in 1905 on Leeming Street was used from 1976 as an Arts and Performance centre.
Fisher Lane Park, located nearby stretching from the top of Littleworth through to Rock Hill, is a green space popular with dog walkers, kite flyers and skaters, since Mansfield District Council installed a concrete skate plaza, causing some controversy with locals.
Sir Alan Meale (born Joseph Alan Meale) has been the constituency (Labour) Member of Parliament since 1987. He was officially Knighted in 2012 by Prince Charles after receiving the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list In November 2013, Sir Alan issued a 50-point action plan to revitalise the town centre.
Just off the town centre pedestrianised area is Rosemary Centre, a covered parade of shops and a little further out three outdoor retail parks, two having adjacent fast-food outlets of International brands. There are also extensive supermarket developments from four out of the five major food-retailers, together with a number of discounters and small convenience stores.
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Thus Mansfield had two railway stations: Mansfield Town, the former Midland station on Station Road, near Belvedere Street and Mansfield Central, the former Mansfield Railway station on Great Central Road, near Ratcliffe Gate. Central station lost its scheduled passenger services at the beginning of 1956 and Town station closed to passengers in 1964 leaving Mansfield without any passenger trains until the Robin Hood line restored the service in 1995.
The absolute minimum temperature record for the area is -19.1c(-2.4f), recorded during January 1987. 59.0 nights of the year report an air frost on average.
There were good pedestrian links to the pedestrianised town centre shopping streets, but the rail station was a few hundred yards' walk away. The new bus station addressed this problem, but has proven unpopular with shopkeepers near to the old facility, with several claiming a substantial reduction in trade.
Mansfield has many parks and green spaces. Titchfield Park, located on the same site as the Water Meadows swimming complex, offers large grassy areas on both sides of the river Maun, crossed by two foot bridges. The park boasts a bowls green, hard tennis courts, basketball court, children's play area and many flowerbeds which are filled with blooms during the summer months.
Just a few miles outside of Mansfield lies Sherwood Forest. Mansfield had an Oak Tree and a plaque to mark what was the centre of Sherwood Forest on West Gate. Now the trees have been taken down and a giant metallic feather has replaced them as a marker. Some residents of the town feel this is an eyesore, and the feather sculpture has been plagued by health and safety problems.
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Mansfield is a market town with a 700-year-old market tradition, the Royal Charter being issued 1227. The present-day market square was created after much demolition following the Improvement Act of 1823. In the centre there is the Bentinck Memorial, built in 1849 to commemorate the life of Lord George Bentinck (1802 – 1848), son of the William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, a major local landowner.
Mansfield has two indoor swimming centres and a third, smaller pool attached to a school which has been under threat of closure since 2011 This is the largest m2 (square meterage) of indoor water sports facilities per capita than any other town in the United Kingdom with less than 100,000 inhabitants.
"When he plays on snow, he doesn't leave any footprints." ManagerWed 11 Jan 2012
The Midland Railway monopoly was broken by the locally promoted Mansfield Railway between Kirkby South Junction and Clipstone Junctions opened in stages between 1913 and 1916 for goods trains and in 1917 for Nottingham - Ollerton passenger trains calling at a second Mansfield passenger station. Although nominally independent, the Mansfield Railway connected with the Great Central Railway at both ends and trains were worked by the Great Central.
Mansfield is also home to the Mansfield Misfits, Mansfield's premier Flat Track Roller Derby league.
On 6 April 2010 a town-centre Business Improvement District (BID) was established with offices based in the old Town Hall on the Market Place, financed by a 2% additional levy on the rateable value of nearby businesses.
On the outskirts of Mansfield as you venture closer to Sherwood Forest, you’ll find Wheelgate Adventure Park, a theme park with lots of rides and activities for children aged 5-12. Take a ride on the Mini Mine coaster or squirt each other on the bumper boats. Close by is the White Post Farm Centre, giving you the opportunity to get up close to some beautiful animals, including goats, deer, pigs, meerkats and even wallabies.
Angling is well supported in the Mansfield district, where ponds remain from the former textile milling industry.
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There are remains of the 12th century King John's Palace, in Clipstone between Mansfield and Edwinstowe. The area was originally a retreat for royal families and dignitaries in the 14th and 15th centuries due to its location within Sherwood Forest famed for its fresh air and exclusiveness. Access to the town was via a small horse-drawn carriageway from the city of Nottingham that was en route to Sheffield.
Additional cemeteries are sited on the A60 at Mansfield Woodhouse and at Warsop, and off the A617 at Pleasley Hill.
Next door to Mansfield Museum is the Mansfield Palace Theatre which hosts a range of intriguing and enthralling plays and acts throughout the year.
Mansfield is Nottinghamshire’s largest Market Town located right on the edge of the beautiful countryside, perfect for relaxing walks and easy access to woodland areas of Sherwood Forest. Spend a few hours exploring Thieves Wood and Fountaindale, both located a few miles to the south of the town centre with close links to the Robin Hood legend.
The town is the northern terminus of the A38, which runs from Bodmin in Cornwall and is the longest 'A' road entirely within England. Mansfield can be reached in around 10 min from junctions 27, 28 and 29 of the M1 and is around 18 mi from the A1 at neighbouring Newark-on-Trent.
A tram service operated between 1905 and 1932, run by Mansfield & District Light Railways.
In 2011, several shopkeepers complained that BID were "not doing enough to boost town trade".
A council town-centre office/retail development on the site of the old Queen's Head pub costing 2.4 million pounds was opened by the Mayor Tony Egginton in November 2013. The council was criticised in February 2014 by the town's M.P. Sir Alan Meale for failing to find tenants before the completion and opening. The building remained empty at the time of receiving a local-government award in July 2014.