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Mansfield, England

Mansfield is situated in the East Midlands region of England in the UK; it forms one part of Nottinghamshire. The town is just 3 miles away from the Derbyshire border, 12 miles from Nottingham and 19 miles from Derby. Mansfield is Nottinghamshire’s largest Market Town with a population of 106,556 in the 2011 Census. The town was awarded market status in 1227 by King Henry III. 

History

Mansfield was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, then as Mamesfield, however there’s a belief that a roman bath was situated at the bottom of bath lane.

Previous indications like the remains of a roman villa and ancestral Norse and Anglo-Saxon names indicate that the land that is now Mansfield was used during those periods. 

The town lies on the western edge of Sherwood Forest and is thought to be the home of Robin Hood, this is however disputed between Mansfield, Nottingham and Doncaster. 

Mansfield is Nottinghamshire’s largest market town after gaining its Royal Charter from King Henry III in 1227, the town still holds weekly markets. It’s been a national trade centre for centuries with textiles, quarrying, milling and founding among the specialities.

Mansfield has had royal ties since the 10th century, where the king had a chamber in the town and Kings John and Edward II stayed at a palace in Kings Clipstone to the east of Mansfield. 

Industries like Knitting, leather, wool and malt helped to increase prosperity in the region, and population; Mansfield had 8,300 residents by 1824. 

Towards the 20th century there was only one malt factory in still running, with the bulk of the towns industry replaced by factory production, founding and precision engineering, using coal and iron from nearby mines. 

Limestone mining was also prominent with exportation becoming easier due to modernised tramlines, limestone from the region was used in the construction of Trafalgar square and the houses of parliament. 

Over the course of the 19th century Mansfield’s population grew by 51,000, this was thanks to the increased efficiency and modernisation of the transport system (steam trains). Powered by local coal mines. The metal box company and Mansfield shoe company also helped to increase prosperity in the region.

After the collapse of the coal industry in the 1970’s, 2 decades of depression fell on the region, however towards the end of the 1990’s prosperity began in the retail sector, due to the diversity of the towns industry.

The name ‘Mansfield’ is of Celtic origin, meaning ‘the open ground of the river Maun’. However, the surrounding villages of Ravensdale and Radmanthwaite of Scandinavian origin. 

Mansfield is in the centre of the ‘Dukeries’ region of Nottinghamshire, this consists of 4 ducal seats, Worksop manor, Thoresby Hall, Welbeck Abbey and Clumber House. Rufford Abbey is the 5th ducal seats All of these contain vast outdoor spaces for walks and are all within a 25-minute drive from Mansfield.