Sutton-in-Ashfield is a town
in the Ashfield district of
Nottinghamshire, England, with a
population of around 40,000 . It is situated four
miles west of Mansfield, close to the Derbyshire border.
demographic purposes it is part of Mansfield Urban Area, although in a separate council district (based in
Kirkby-in-Ashfield). To the north is Skegby and Stanton Hill.
The main road to Mansfield used to go through the town, but this is
now the B6023. The A617 Mansfield Bypass
meets the A38 at Kings Mill and passes through much of the town's
parish, to the east. It opened in 2005.
The main tourist attraction in Sutton-in-Ashfield, is the largest
in Europe. It is located in the
middle of Portland Square, adjacent to the Idlewells Shopping
Centre and Sutton Centre Community College.
Another tourist attraction in Sutton-in-Ashfield is The
, held in August on Sutton Lawn, and includes
everything from fairground rides, local businesses and services
showing their presence, live music, classic cars and steam engines
and much more.
local attraction stands on the former site of Silverhill Colliery
close to the scenic village of Teversal on the north-west edge of Ashfield.
has been transformed from the colliery to a woodland, which
features several walks for all abilities and also features the
highest point in Nottinghamshire . At the highest point stands a monument
to all the miners who have
worked in the area's coalfields.
Hospital is the main landmark, situated between the town and Mansfield,
next to the A38.
The town has a large Asda
to the north of the town centre and a Morrisons
towards Mansfield, off the A38. In April
1999, the Asda supermarket had the UK's first blessing
and reception in a supermarket. It had been
unable to get a ceremony licence for the supermarket.
Out on the
B6139 to the south is the Sherwood Observatory, which is inside the parish, not Mansfield, being
run by the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical
The area was first settled in Saxon
times and the Saxon suffix "ton" means "an enclosure or fenced in
clearing". The town appears in the Domesday Book
as "Sutone". There are also
documents from 1189 showing that Gerard, son of Walter de Sutton,
gave two bovates
of land and the church at
Sutton to Thurgarton
Church of St. Mary Magdalene,
Sutton-in-Ashfield dates from the twelfth century .
Colliery was actually
outside of the town in Stanton Hill.
It closed in
The Pretty Polly
hosiery originated in the town in around 1927, and was manufactured
there on Unwin Road
until April 2005. Samuel Eden Socks
in July 2005.
Sutton-in-Ashfield is served by regular bus services from
Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby. Sutton Parkway railway station
is two miles south of the town
centre. The town is close to Junction 28 of the M1 motorway
along the A38
. The town's bypass is a wide
since 1995, is now on the Robin Hood
Line with Sutton Parkway railway
station which is a good two miles from the town centre -
although near the A38 bypass, towards Kirkby-in-Ashfield on the B6021.
The railway was formerly
mostly used by the area's pits, which closed in the early
Sutton used have a large and ageing swimming
, with a (rare) high diving board
the Sutton Pools Complex which closed, to be replaced directly by
the new £16m Lammas Leisure Centre
which was opened on 1
November 2008 by Kelly Holmes. There is a local athletics club
. There is also Coxmoor Golf Club
on Coxmoor Road
(B6139) next to the A611. Sebastian Coe opened
a new athletics track for the town at
the nearby Ashfield School in February 2007.
Kings Mill Reservoir
The reservoir is in Sutton-in-Ashfield, not Mansfield, and has the
Mill Adventure Base with sailing
. This is one of three Nottinghamshire
adventure bases, with the other two at Holme Pierrepont (Lakeside) and Worksop (Sandhill) and are for people from 11-19.
The sailing club
has used the reservoir since 1959. Kings
Mill received its name from a mill on the north-east of the rervoir
owned by John Cockle and his wife, who gave Henry II of England
a night's lodgings
west is the Brierley Forest Park, built on the site of Sutton
Colliery, also known as Brierley Colliery, which was named
due to many of the miners coming from Brierley Hill.
It is a nature reserve and opened in 1999,
it hold the Green Flag Award
Mill Reservoir is also a nature reserve.
Comprehensive School is also very near the town, on the other side of
the A38 (Kings Mill Road East East).-
Sutton-in-Ashfield open air market
(Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
Famous people from the town