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LOCATION

 The town of Worksop is situated at the northern edge of  Sherwood Forest within the county of  Nottinghamshire, England.

Latitude/Longitude 53º 19’N, 1º 7’W (UK Map Grid Reference SK 588802)

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Two principal roads provide access to the town. The A60 is the main route for traffic heading north/south, and the A57 for traffic heading east/west.

Both of these roads connect with motorways and major trunk roads.

Nearby towns include Retford  [8 miles/13km], Mansfield [13 miles/21km], Chesterfield [15 miles/25km], Doncaster [19 miles/31km], Sheffield [19 miles/31km], Nottingham [35 miles/56km]
 

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WORKSOP’S HERITAGE (1)

The town’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times; there was already a well-established settlement by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. The Norman baronial family of Lovetot built a castle here and also founded the Augustinian priory (1103 AD). Worksop was granted a royal charter in 1296.
image link : Priory Church (Photo Credit : Bassetlaw District Council)

For centuries Worksop remained a small market town, its day-today life revolving around its agricultural surroundings. Even the town’s industries - malting, milling, timberwork - were mostly linked to agriculture.
 
image link : Chesterfield Canal (Photo Credit : Derbyshire On-Line) Worksop’s growth was boosted by the building of the Chesterfield Canal (completed in 1777) and the arrival of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1849, which attracted trade, commerce and people into the town.

WORKSOP’S HERITAGE (2)

The town’s commercial and industrial prominence continued to grow throughout the nineteenth century, with the sinking of mines to exploit rich coal seams. Collieries were also established within a few miles of Worksop, and a cluster of  new villages sprang up to house miners’ families.
image link : Coal mines were a major part of Worksop's economy. (Photo Credit : BBC)

In 1801 Worksop’s population had been 3,263, but by 1901 it had risen to more than 16,000. New streets, churches, schools and commercial facilities followed, and a new system of local government evolved; the Local Board of Health (established 1852) was replaced by Worksop Urban District Council (in 1894), and in 1931 the town became a borough in its own right on receiving its charter of incorporation. Worksop is now jointly administered by Nottinghamshire County Council, and Bassetlaw District Council which was founded 1974 and has its headquarters in the town. more
 
image link : One of Worksop's modern factories : Manton Wood Business Park (Photo Credit : BBC) Although the coal industry has declined, Worksop’s businesses have continued to develop and expand, and the town has several estates dedicated to industrial and commercial enterprises. Worksop’s thriving businesses now include wholesale/retail distribution (employing 21.0% of the total workforce), food/drink manufacturing (8.9%), in addition to transport, electronics, engineering, production of clothing/textiles, and a wide range of products for industrial and domestic use.

The town’s population is now almost 40,000 (mid 1997 estimate).

 WORKSOP’S HERITAGE (3)

The countryside around Worksop is generally cultivated agricultural land to the north, east, and west, with natural broad-leaf woodland and cultivated pine forests to the south. There are several landscaped parks with man-made lakes. more
 
Situated at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest, Worksop is often referred to as “Gateway to The Dukeries” an area so called from the number of ducal residences in the vicinity (Welbeck, Thoresby, Clumber, Worksop, Rufford). Large areas of the forest were claimed as these noble house were built, and parks created and landscaped for their owners. more
image link : The ancient woodland of Sherwood Forest (Photo Credit : Virtual Nottingham)
image link : Heraldic Lion in Worksop's Bridge Street (Photo Credit : Britweb) Copies of  the dukes’ heraldic crests were created from coloured stone and set in Bridge Street in Worksop’s town centre, along with the heraldic symbols of Lion and Unicorn.

Whilst much of Worksop’s town centre has changed, some buildings still exist from hundreds of years ago, and a traditional open-air market is still held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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