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The building of the Chesterfield Canal in 1777, and the subsequent construction of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1849, both of which passed through the settlement, led to a degree of growth. Discovery of sizeable coal seams further increased interest in the area.
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Following the collapse of the coal mining industry in the 1980s, the local economy went through difficult times as it re-orientated to service industries and manufacturing.
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Unemployment levels in the area are now lower than the national average, owing to large number of distribution and local manufacturing companies, including Premier Foods, Wilkinsons, RDS Transport, GD Engineering, Pandrol UK Ltd and Laing O'Rourke.
Clumber Park, south of Worksop is a country park owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.
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In Worksop town centre itself, Worksop Priory church is an important heritage landmark dating back over 900 years. Whilst much of the original building was destroyed with the dissolution of the monasteries, it has been carefully restored and remains an active centre of worship.
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The Regal Centre has been taken by local business men, Martin Gilfoyle, Steve Broadbent and Chris Frampton to provide live entertainment and recording studio facilities including professional live music and arts performances and arts training courses and social support services. This is Worksop's only prime entertainment venue.
Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England, on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. It is about 19 miles (31 km) east-south-east of the City of Sheffield and its population is estimated (Mid 2012) to be 44,970. It is also twinned with the German town Garbsen. Worksop is attracting an increasing quantity of commuters to the local area because of its close proximity of Nottingham, Lincoln and Sheffield.
Coal mining provided thousands of jobs in and around Worksop for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, but by the 1990s the pits had closed, resulting in high local unemployment. Drug abuse in the area also soared.
You'll find a range of hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering holiday cottages in and around Worksop and given the link to the Dukeries. Look out for The Courtyard at Hodsock Priory which is a five star venue and host to the famous Snowdrops. Browns Bed and Breakfast comes highly recommended, and for still more luxury, Clumber Park Hotel and Spa offers full leisure facilities.
The Acorn Theatre is a 200-seat performing arts venue in the town centre, providing a programme of professional and amateur live theatre and folk music. It is a registered charity managed and run by volunteers,and the building is the home of several community performing groups and a youth theatre.
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Local unemployment is lower than the national average, although from the early 1990s there were issues in the area with heroin abuse. In early 2004, MP John Mann revealed that some 1,200 (more than 1%) of the 104,000-strong population in the area were drug addicts.
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Worksop is known as the "Gateway to the Dukeries", because of the now four obsolete ducal principal sites of which were closely located next to each other, south of the town. These four ducal locations were; Clumber House, Thoresby Hall, Welbeck Abbey and Ruffled Abbey.
Evidence that Worksop existed before the Norman conquest of England in 1066 is provided by the Domesday Book of 1086:
Between Worksop train station and the town centre, the Chesterfield Canal is a popular location for longboats as they leisurely cruise along. The canal links Worksop with Retford, Gainsborough and Chesterfield via Rother Valley Country Park. The canal side is also a great place for a leisurely stroll.
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A skirmish occurred in the area during the Wars of the Roses on 16 December 1460, commonly known as the Battle of Worksop.
Worksop is famed as the 'Gateway to the Dukeries', a unique selection of Ducal properties in north Nottinghamshire. With many local attractions in the town and nearby, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do together with places to stay.
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