Mansfield

Mansfield is a market town in Nottinghamshire, England, the main town in the Mansfield District and Mansfield Urban Area.[1] Mansfield gained the Royal Charter of a market town in 1227. The town lies in the Maun Valley, 12 miles (19 km) north of Nottingham, and is near Sutton-in-Ashfield. Most of the 106,556 population live within the town proper (including Mansfield Woodhouse), with Warsop as a secondary centre.[2] It is the only local authority in Nottinghamshire directly to elect its mayor.

Mansfield
Mansfield Market Place.jpg
Mansfield Market Place with the Bentinck Memorial in the centre and the old Moot Hall behind to the left
Mansfield is located in Nottinghamshire
Mansfield
Mansfield
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population106,556 
OS grid referenceSK 53745 61114
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMANSFIELD
Postcode districtNG18, NG19
Dialling code01623
PoliceNottinghamshire
FireNottinghamshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Nottinghamshire
53°09′N 1°12′W / 53.150°N 1.200°W / 53.150; -1.200Coordinates: 53°09′N 1°12′W / 53.150°N 1.200°W / 53.150; -1.200

HistoryEdit

Settlement dates to the Roman period. Major Hayman Rooke in 1787 discovered a villa between Mansfield Woodhouse and Pleasley; a cache of denarii was found near King's Mill in 1849.[3] Early English royalty stayed there; Mercian Kings used it as a base to hunt in Sherwood Forest.[4]

The Domesday Book (1086) recorded the settlement as Mammesfeld and market-petition documents of 1227 spelt it Maunnesfeld. King Richard II signed a warrant in November 1377 to grant tenants the right to hold a four-day fair each year; the spelling had changed to Mannesfeld.[3] There are remains of the 12th-Century King John's Palace in Clipstone, between Mansfield and Edwinstowe, and it was an area of retreat for royal families and dignitaries through to the 15th Century. Access to the town was by road from the city of Nottingham, on the way to Sheffield. In the town centre, a commemorative plaque marks the point thought once to be the centre of Sherwood Forest. A tree was planted nearby but has since been felled and replaced by a sculpture.[5]

Travellers in the 16th and 17th centuries had several inns and stable yards dating from the medieval period to stop at: the Harte; the Swan, with 1490 dating stone; the Talbot; the White Bear; the Ram, with timber from before 1500; and the White Lion.. Several timber-framed cruck buildings were demolished in 1929; and in 1973 a local historical society documented another during demolition dated to 1400 or earlier. Other Tudor houses in Stockwell Gate, Bridge St, and Lime Tree Place were also demolished to make way for development before they could be viewed for listing. Most remaining buildings are from the 17th century.

MarketsEdit

 
Mansfield's Buttercross Market Monument on West Gate

Mansfield is a market town with a 700-year-old market tradition; a Royal Charter was issued in 1227. The present market square was created after demolition under the Improvement Act of 1823.[3] In the centre is the Bentinck Memorial, built in 1849, which commemorates Lord George Bentinck (1802–1848), son of the William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, a local landowner.[6]

A nearby area called Buttercross Market in West Gate, the site of an old cattle market, has a centrepiece of local stone dating from the 16th century.[5] Mansfield District Council closed this section in 2015.[7][8] Adjacent is Mansfield Library, officially opened by the Queen in 1977 and refurbished in 2012.[9] The old Carnegie Library, founded in 1905 in Leeming Street, was used from 1976 as an arts and performance centre.[10]

Geography and climateEdit

Mansfield has a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb), with a narrow temperature range, an even spread of rainfall, low levels of sunshine and often breezy conditions throughout the year. The closest weather-station records for Mansfield come from Warsop in Meden Vale, seven miles to the north.

The absolute maximum temperature record for the area stands at 34.6 °C (94.3 °F), recorded in August 1990.[11] In a typical year the warmest day should reach 28.9 °C (84.0 °F) and 12.72 days should reach 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or higher.[12][13]

The absolute minimum temperature record for the area is −19.1 °C (−2.4 °F), recorded in January 1987. There is air frost on an average of 59 nights a year.[14]

Rainfall averages 634 mm a year, with 113 days reporting in excess of 1 mm of rain (observation period 1971–2000).[15][16]

Climate data for Warsop[a], elevation: 46 m (151 ft), 1971–2000 normals, extremes 1960–2006
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.4
(57.9)
17.7
(63.9)
22.2
(72.0)
25.3
(77.5)
27.0
(80.6)
31.6
(88.9)
32.5
(90.5)
34.6
(94.3)
27.9
(82.2)
23.9
(75.0)
18.0
(64.4)
15.0
(59.0)
34.6
(94.3)
Average high °C (°F) 7.2
(45.0)
7.1
(44.8)
10.0
(50.0)
12.4
(54.3)
16.2
(61.2)
19.1
(66.4)
21.8
(71.2)
21.3
(70.3)
18.0
(64.4)
13.8
(56.8)
9.4
(48.9)
7.9
(46.2)
13.7
(56.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.8
(38.8)
3.9
(39.0)
6.1
(43.0)
7.8
(46.0)
10.9
(51.6)
13.8
(56.8)
16.1
(61.0)
15.7
(60.3)
13.2
(55.8)
9.8
(49.6)
6.1
(43.0)
4.6
(40.3)
9.3
(48.7)
Average low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
0.6
(33.1)
2.2
(36.0)
3.2
(37.8)
5.6
(42.1)
8.4
(47.1)
10.4
(50.7)
10.1
(50.2)
8.4
(47.1)
5.8
(42.4)
2.8
(37.0)
1.3
(34.3)
4.9
(40.8)
Record low °C (°F) −19.1
(−2.4)
−15.6
(3.9)
−13.9
(7.0)
−6.7
(19.9)
−3.9
(25.0)
−1.7
(28.9)
1.4
(34.5)
−0.1
(31.8)
−3.2
(26.2)
−6.6
(20.1)
−8.4
(16.9)
−15.2
(4.6)
−19.1
(−2.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 56.2
(2.21)
42.5
(1.67)
48.6
(1.91)
53.3
(2.10)
48.6
(1.91)
60.8
(2.39)
43.9
(1.73)
48.6
(1.91)
54.1
(2.13)
56.2
(2.21)
51.8
(2.04)
63.1
(2.48)
633.9
(24.96)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10.7 8.7 10.6 9.4 8.7 9.2 7.2 8.3 8.2 9.8 10.0 11.5 113.0
Source: KNMI[17]


EconomyEdit

Town centreEdit

 
Old Town Hall and Old Court building at the head of the Market Place built from local stone

Mansfield has a market square surrounded by commercial premises. It also has a museum; the Palace Theatre; and many restaurants, fast-food outlets, pubs, bars, and night clubs.

In 2012–2013 , the district council installed a crowd-funded, town-centre Wi-Fi installation, completed June 2013.[18] It has a network of AP nodes, requires registration for free use,[19] and dedicated optional BID local information Apps for Android and iOS are available.[20] The intention was to encourage shoppers and visitors to stay longer, offer internet access for small businesses, and help traders take cashless payments.

RetailEdit

Among Mansfield's retail outlets is an indoor shopping centre, called the Four Seasons, with over 50 units occupied by national chains and phone shops,[21][22] and two department stores.[22][23] Other stores and a coffee chain have been in West Gate since 2011,[24] along with existing similar cafés. Rosemary Centre is a pedestrianised area off the town centre with a covered parade. There are also three outdoor retail parks, two with adjacent branded fast-food outlets.[25][26][27]

Civic CentreEdit

 
Rosemary Centre shopping arcade, at the edge of the town centre shopping area with walkways and underpasses connecting to the pedestrianised town centre

The headquarters of Mansfield District Council occupied part of a former recreation ground at Chesterfield Road South from late 1986; it was opened in 1987 by Princess Anne.[28] Catering facilities are run by outside contractors.[29]

From 2012, surplus office space was rented to outside concerns. Working with Ashfield District Council to cut costs, the legal services of both authorities were combined in existing ADC offices at Kirkby in Ashfield. Their joint regeneration service began earlier.[30][31] The council decided in 2014 to close the Civic Centre counter-payments facility.[32][33]

Job Centre Plus, an agency within the Department for Work and Pensions, moved in 2018 from two town-centre venues to the re-modelled Civic Centre interior ground floor. The vacated offices were intended for redevelopment as housing and retail.[34][35][36][37][38]

Mansfield Community Partnership, also at the Civic Centre, is a centralised hub for council, police, and other bodies, in a dedicated town-centre unit.[38][39][40]

Former Employment and industryEdit

Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries in October 1999 acquired Mansfield Brewery, once the United Kingdom's largest independent brewery, for £253 million.[41] Production of the Mansfield range of ales moved out and the site was later sold to Pubmaster Ltd; the site is yet to be redeveloped. In the 1980s, Mansfield Bitter was advertised with a photograph of then US President Ronald Reagan and the tagline: "He might be president of the most powerful nation on earth... but he's never had a pint of Mansfield."[42][43] "Not much matches Mansfield" was also used and became the title for a play set in the town written for the Mansfield Arts Festival.

 
The remaining part of the old Brewery offices, now housing a learning centre

Mansfield's old-established soft drink manufacturer, R. L. Jones, with brand names Sunecta and Mandora, was bought by Mansfield Brewery in 1977.[28] A move to a modern factory in Bellamy Road in 1975 released land projected for a high-density housing development known as Layton Burroughs.[28] Mansfield Brewery sold the business in 1988 for £21.5 million to the Scottish drinks company A. G. Barr plc, producer of Irn-Bru, Tizer, and Mandora.[28] At the time the firm employed 400 people. Production ceased there in January 2011 when A. G. Barr closed the factory and production to other sites.[44] Despite demolition of the brewery production buildings in 2008,[45] five years later, the site remained unsold.[46] The older ornate offices now house a learning centre.[47]

 
Clipstone Colliery headstocks stated to be the highest in Europe[48] and surrounding cleared pit-head site

Many areas near the town and in surrounding countryside still show signs of coal mining, the main industry for most of the 20th century. A violent episode in the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) occurred in Mansfield on May Day 1984.[49] Most the area's miners had voted against a strike, but the local union initially maintained that the strike was official to show solidarity with strikers in other areas. When the coal board granted an extra day of leave after the bank holiday, a group of working miners confronted union officials and violence broke out with striking miners.[49] Mansfield later hosted a breakaway union, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, which recruited many who had opposed the 1984–1985 strike.[50] The head stocks close to the village of Clipstone are an important local landmark[51] and community groups are trying to preserve them as a reminder of the area's mining history.[52][53] As demand for coal fell, Mansfield's pits wound down and miners had to find other work.

Mining subsidence causes problems for properties around Mansfield. A few streets in and around the town form long rows of terraced houses reminiscent of the affordable housing provided for mine workers in the prime of the industry. Many were demolished in 2012 in Pleasley Hill, Market Warsop and elsewhere. The Coal Authority is based in the town.

RegenerationEdit

In 2019 the UK government set up the Towns Fund, which aimed to regenerate areas in need of regeneration. Mansfield was one of these places with the aim of receiving 25 million for its regeneration and development. This is to part with The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project, which provided grants by the National Lottery to renovate parts of the town centre.[54]

 
MARR road known as Sherwood Way looking east towards Derby Road and Rainworth beyond, with Cauldwell Dam and Woods to the left

Several urban regeneration projects planned for Mansfield involved large-scale demolition, but the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and subsequent central-government funding cuts and escalating austerity measures deferred them. Mansfield District Council promoted two new developments: Arrival Square, opened 2008,[55] an office block occupied by the Probation Service by the rail station;[56] and Queen's Place—completed and opened by the mayor, Tony Egginton, in late 2013—which cost the council £2.4 million. It offered two new ground-floor retail units and six offices in Queen Street between the new transport interchange and the market square.[57]

Reconstruction of nearby King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield was completed in 2009. It is near the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route, which opened in 2004 as a bypass designed to reduce through traffic and improve access by connecting the A617 at Pleasley to the A617 at Rainworth.[58]

In 2009 Mansfield made a bid for city status, appending redevelopment plans for retail, residential and leisure facilities with road improvements gradually being made; still pending as of August 2020.[59]

 
King's Mill Hospital in 2013, showing the main entrance beyond the paving, outpatient clinics to the left, the women and children's centre to the right, and wards in the towers behind

TransportEdit

Railway historyEdit

Mansfield railway station is on the Robin Hood Line, a link connecting with Nottingham and Worksop. From 1964 until the line reopened in 1995, Mansfield was by some definitions the largest town in Britain without a railway station,[60] remarkable after the town had pioneered the railway in the East Midlands. From 1973 to 1995 the nearby station at Alfreton was named "Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway" to encourage use as a railhead for Mansfield. A Sunday rail service was restored to Mansfield in December 2008.

The town was originally the terminus of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, a horse-drawn plateway built in 1819 and one of the first acquisitions of the newly formed Midland Railway.[60] The Midland used the final section to extend its new Leen Valley line to the present station in 1849.

The Midland Railway extended its Rolleston Junction–Southwell branch to Mansfield in 1871; continued the line north to Worksop in 1875; opened a link from Mansfield Woodhouse to Westhouses and Blackwell in 1886; and completed another link from Pleasley through Bolsover to Barrow Hill in 1890. 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 NottinghamOllerton passenger trains, calling at a second Mansfield passenger station—broke the Midland Railway monopoly. Though nominally independent, the Mansfield Railway connected at both ends with the Great Central Railway, which worked the trains.[61]

Mansfield had two railway stations: Mansfield Town,the former Midland station on Station Road; and Mansfield Central, the former Mansfield Railway station in 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 passenger trains until the Robin Hood line restored them in 1995.

Mansfield & District Light Railways ran a tram service between 1905 and 1932.

TodayEdit

BusesEdit

 
Mansfield bus station with the turf-roof and solar panels of Queen's Place low-energy building visible behind and part of the old Co-op (now known as Beales) to its left

Buses in Mansfield are mainly operated by Stagecoach, with Trent Barton and National Express also working the area. The council granted planning permission for a new bus station on the former Station Road car park, expected to cost £7 million, in 2006.[62][63] The old bus station, built in 1977, handled around 1,500 buses and 16,000 passenger arrivals a day; but had an outdated design and appearance, and poor outdoor waiting facilities.

There were good pedestrian links to the pedestrianised town-centre shopping streets; however, the railway station was several hundred yards away. The new bus station addressed the problem but proved unpopular with shopkeepers near the old facility, with several claiming marked reductions in trade.[64][65]

The new bus station and transport interchange opened on 31 March 2013 in a location on a former car park close to the railway station.[66] It is part of a regeneration scheme known as "Gateway To Mansfield",[64] which aims to give visitors a clean and tidy first impression, including buildings with a themed use of local sandstone. The scheme also aims to improve facilities for locals, boost visitors to the town and help step up the local economy.

The new bus station increased passenger safety and provides a more welcoming scene for arriving visitors. Improvements have included an enclosed waiting area, automatic doors for fume reduction and safety, a tourist information centre, electronic bus and rail departure information, toilets, and baby-changing facilities. A tower with lift and stairs to an elevated walkway connects it to the railway station.[66]

SportEdit

 
One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC

Mansfield is home to Mansfield Town FC, known as the Stags or yellows. Relegated to the Conference National after 77 years in the Football League at the end of the 2007–2008 season, Mansfield Town returned to the Football League after winning the 2012–2013 Conference National title. Non-League club AFC Mansfield plays in the Forest Town area of Mansfield.

Mansfield Rugby Club is a rugby union club based at Eakring Road and currently plays in Midlands 1 East, a sixth-tier league in the English rugby union system. It won the Notts Cup for five years in succession and for a record 18 times.

Mansfield Giants is Mansfield's Premier Basketball Club, and has a three-star Accreditation and Club Mark from the English Sports Council. The team plays in the England Basketball (EB2).

The annual half marathon held for more than 30 years was cancelled after 2011 due to escalating costs, after changes to Health and Safety legislation meant professional services were needed to address road-closure measures, instead of volunteers. Mansfield local business networking group 2020 had hoped to restore a race by September 2014,[67][68] but this event, reduced in length to 10 kilometres, was postponed, initially until spring 2015, and took place in August.[69][70]

Angling is well supported in the Mansfield district, where ponds remain from the former textile milling industry.

Tennis is catered for by Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club located at the same site since 1883, with two grass courts and four asphalt courts, three of them floodlit.[71] Further hard-surface courts are found in the district at six Mansfield District Council park locations.[72]

Mansfield is home to Mansfield Roller Derby, Mansfield's premier Flat Track Roller Derby league.[73]

One issue for local residents is Mansfield's lack of a central Leisure Centre. Mansfield District Council decided it would rubber stamp the sale of the existing Leisure Centre and extensive public car park to Tesco, which opened a large Tesco Extra store in 2007. The Council asserted that this would be replaced by a brand new Leisure Centre, but nothing has been built or is planned. It received over £5m from Tesco for the Leisure Centre site, but decided to spend this on refurbishing Sherwood Baths instead.[citation needed]

Mansfield has two indoor swimming centres and a third, smaller pool attached to a school, which has been under threat of closure since 2011.[74] These facilities give Mansfield the largest square meterage of indoor water-sports facilities per capita of any town in the United Kingdom with less than 100,000 inhabitants.

Mansfield is one of three outlets for the Nottinghamshire County Council Swim Squad, which competes as Nova Centurion. The Sherwood Swimming Baths adjacent to the former Sherwood Colliery was refurbished and opened in January 2010 as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. The 25-metre pool was widened at the expense of losing tiered public seating and has a new, small, endless stroke-improvement training pool with variable-resistance water flow. The complex reduces its carbon footprint by using a ground-source heat pump backed by a biomass boiler burning wood pellets prepared from waste by a local wood yard.[75][76]

At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a Mansfield contestant, Rebecca Adlington, won two gold medals, for 400 and 800-metre freestyle swimming. After her record-breaking success, Adlington was welcomed home to Mansfield by thousands lining the streets to applaud as she passed in an open top bus. This culminated in an appearance at the old Town Hall in the Market Square. Her success boosted swimming interest in the area, leading to expansion of swimming classes to encourage young people to begin swimming. At the 2012 Olympic Games in and around London, Adlington won two Bronze medals again for 400 and 800 metres, the best performance of a generally disappointing Team GB swimming squad. She retired from competitive swimming in February 2012.[77]

Water Meadows swimming complex opened during the Christmas holidays of 1990 in Bath Street, on the site of the former Mansfield Baths and defunct cattle market. It has a gym and a soft-play area for children with an adjoining café, as well as one 25-metre competition pool, two other pools, and a small teaching pool. The leisure lagoon pool has an artificial wave machine operating periodically, and also a slide and a shallow area like a beach. The complex is popular with family groups, and many surrounding schools make use of its facilities.

ParksEdit

 
Titchfield Park and River Maun looking towards Nottingham Road with Water Meadows pool to rear of camera position

Titchfield Park

On the same site as the Water Meadows swimming complex, offers large grassy areas on both sides of the river Maun, crossed by two footbridges. It has a bowls green, hard tennis courts, a basketball court, a children's play area, and many flowerbeds.

Fisher Lane Park

Nearby stretches from the top of Littleworth through to Rock Hill. It is popular with dog walkers, kite flyers and skaters, as Mansfield District Council installed a concrete skate plaza, causing some local controversy.

 
Carr Bank Park with Mansfield Manor Hotel, originally an industrialist's residence

However, the skate plaza has proved popular with local young people. Some rides and stalls for local children are set up in the park in the summer.

Carr Bank Park

Also close to the town, has a rocky grotto, a bandstand and summer flower beds. It has a war memorial built of local sandstone, dedicated to soldiers killed in action since the end of the Second World War, to complement the original setting unveiled after the First War in 1921.[78]

Cemeteries and crematoriumEdit

The main cemetery and crematorium occupy a 10-acre site accessed from Derby Road, on the southern edge of town near to the boundary with Ashfield.[79] They share a car park. In late 2015, Mansfield District Council recognised the need for additional spaces and planning consent was obtained.[80] The older part of the cemetery, fronting Nottingham Road and Forest Hill (the old Derby Road) has on-street parking. Site access on foot can be hard due to the steep slope.[79]

The cemetery was opened in 1857 due to insufficient church graveyard space,[79] the mid-to-late Victorian population growth and several then-new churches built with little or no dedicated graveyard areas.[81][82][83] A 10-acre extension was made in 1898.[79] The adjacent Mansfield and District Crematorium, with two chapels seating 35 and up to 80, was set up in 1960.[84] and is a responsibility shared between Mansfield District Council, Ashfield District Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council.[85]

There are other cemeteries on the A60 at Mansfield Woodhouse and at Warsop, and off the A617 at Pleasley Hill.[79]

EntertainmentEdit

The Palace Theatre in Leeming St is the town's prime entertainment venue. Built as a cinema in 1910 and originally known as the Palace Electric Theatre, it was adapted as a theatre with a proscenium arch, presenting live shows.[86] It was known as the Civic Hall and Civic Theatre before the current name was revived in 1995.[28] With a seating capacity of 534, the theatre is a mid-scale touring venue.[87][88] It presents a programme of professional and amateur productions and a yearly pantomime.[89][90][91]

Mansfield Museum, beside the Palace Theatre in Leeming Street, opened in 1904.[28] and has been based on its present site since 1938. With free entry, it won the Guardian Family-friendly Museum of the Year Award in 2011.[92]

Mansfield was home to Venue 44,[93] a nightclub that gave birth to the superclub Renaissance which was operated there in 1992–1994 by Geoff Oakes[94] and launched the DJ's Sasha, John Digweed, Nigel Dawson[95] and Ian Ossia to global fame.[96] The building was demolished in 2010.

The Old Library near the town centre houses a recording studio, meeting room and 100-seat Studio Theatre.[97] Mansfield also has a large multiplex cinema on a new retail and entertainment park outside of the town centre.[98] The previous ABC town-centre cinema was used as a snooker centre until closure in 2012,[99] but late in 2013 it was converted into a church.[100]

Mansfield Superbowl, a 28-lane alley with hospitality, opened in 1991. Facing closure in 2014, it was sold and refurbished in 2015.[101]

The Intake, a live-music venue in Kirkland Avenue, closed in 2016.[102] The Town Mill, a former waterside mill on the banks of the Maun at the edge of the town centre, was turned into a pub and live music venue in 2002, but closed in 2010, citing the smoking ban, rising beer prices and recession among its reasons for failure.[103]

Sherwood ForestEdit

A few miles outside Mansfield lies Sherwood Forest. Mansfield had an oak tree and a plaque in West Gate to mark what was the centre of Sherwood Forest. Now the tree has been felled and a giant metallic feather has replaced it 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.

Summer in the StreetsEdit

Every year between June and August, Mansfield District Council hosts a Summer in the Streets festival. This consists of various public events held all across the town over many days, such as children's entertainment, fairground rides in the market square, and hands-on workshops for things like crafts and circus skills.

The festival highlight is a final event in Titchfield Park called Party in the Park. Its range of entertainment includes live music acts by local bands, performances from local dance groups, and activities such as face painting. For 2012 and 2013, this culminating event was cancelled for austerity reasons.[104][105]

On 21 August 2010 the various summer entertainment arranged by Mansfield District Council included the Irish boy band Westlife in a live concert at Field Mill stadium, home to the town's football team, the Stags. This was the first big-name act to visit the town.

MediaEdit

The local newspapers are the Chad (formerly Chronicle Advertiser) and Mansfield and Ashfield News Journal, a community newspaper. Mansfield's radio station, Mansfield 103.2, broadcasts from Fishpond Hill in Skegby Lane, from a transmitter that also broadcasts Mansfield versions of Nottingham stations Radio Nottingham and Capital FM, on 95.5 and 96.5 FM respectively. DAB broadcasts from Fishpond Hill began on 21 July 2006 with the NOW Nottingham multiplex. Subsequently the Digital One and BBC National muxes were added (during 2006 and 2007).

Television reception in Mansfield is often poor due to its location between regions. Historically, Mansfield has been part of the BBC North and Yorkshire Television regions. Between 1965 and 1974, some homes in Mansfield even received Anglia Television.

Since the 1995 arrival of Diamond Cable (latterly ntl, then finally Virgin Media), BBC East Midlands and ITV Central East has been provided, and since regionalisation of SKY digital, many residents now receive BBC East Midlands and ITV Central, which are the default channels for this area and appear on channels 101 and 103.

Mansfield receives its television signals from various transmitters: Waltham from East Midlands, Emley Moor from South and West Yorkshire, and Belmont from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This meant that the celebrations for Rebecca Adlington's success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, though covered officially by East Midlands Today, could be shown on both East Midlands Today and Look North, so that all the Mansfield area could watch.

PoliticsEdit

Mansfield has a directly elected mayor, as one of only 16 places with one in the United Kingdom. Tony Egginton was Mayor of Mansfield from October 2002 until retirement in May 2015, being replaced at scheduled elections by a fellow candidate for the Mansfield Independent Forum political party, Kate Allsop. Much was said of the first Executive Mayor, but during his time in office, Mansfield struggled with local land development and many projects across the region faltered.[106][107][108][109][110][111][112][113]

The Mayor (in office 2002–2015) was criticised by some councillors and residents for placing too much focus on self-publicity,[114][115][116][117] as opposed to publicity for the town. The issue was raised again after his prominent role in Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington's homecoming ceremony, after her Gold Medal successes at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.[118]

In April 2017, Sophie Whitby was elected to the Mansfield district as a Member of Youth Parliament, on a manifesto that included promoting equality for the LGBT community.[119]

Benjamin Bradley has been the constituency (Conservative) Member of Parliament since May 2017, succeeding Sir Alan Meale (Labour), who served the town for 30 years.

From 2010 the Parliamentary Constituency boundaries were realigned to include areas to the north of Mansfield around Warsop, previously part of the Bassetlaw constituency.

In the newsEdit

In June 2014, husband and wife Christopher and Susan Edwards were jailed for murdering the woman's parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, whose bodies lay undiscovered in their back garden for 15 years. The couple had stolen thousands of pounds, siphoned off the Wycherleys' pensions and sold their house, amounting to nearly £300,000.[120] The bodies were found after the Edwards gave themselves up, having spent a year in France knowing the DWP intended to interview the murdered Mr Wycherley, who would have been approaching his 100th birthday.[121] Susan Edwards, a former librarian, had written Christmas cards and letters to relatives telling them her parents were travelling in Ireland "because of the good air" and told neighbours they were in Blackpool or Morecambe.[122] The Edwards were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years for the murders, concurrent with 9-year sentences for disposing of the bodies and theft.[123]

On 30 May 2015, 13-year-old Amber Peat went missing from home after returning from a family holiday. On 2 June her body was found in an area off Westfield Lane, Mansfield, less than a mile from her home. The cause of her death was hanging.[124] An inquest was held at Nottingham Council House in February 2019,[125] with the assistant-Coroner recording a narrative verdict.[126]

Notable peopleEdit

People with Wikipedia pages, in alphabetical order:

Twin townsEdit

Mansfield has been officially twinned with Heiligenhaus in Germany since 1974.[131]

Name sharesEdit

The following entries can be seen in a Mansfield-based, self-published website:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Weather station is located 7.0 miles (11.3 km) from the Mansfield town centre.

ReferencesEdit

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