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Sutton-in-Ashfield is a town in the Ashfieldmarker district of Nottinghamshiremarker, Englandmarker, with a population of around 40,000 . It is situated four miles west of Mansfieldmarker, close to the Derbyshiremarker border.

Geography

For demographic purposes it is part of Mansfield Urban Areamarker, although in a separate council district (based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield). To the north is Skegbymarker and Stanton Hillmarker.

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.

Landmarks

The main tourist attraction in Sutton-in-Ashfield, is the largest sundial in Europe. It is located in the middle of Portland Square, adjacent to the Idlewells Shopping Centre and Sutton Centre Community Collegemarker.

Another tourist attraction in Sutton-in-Ashfield is The Ashfield Show, 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.

A further local attraction stands on the former site of Silverhill Colliery close to the scenic village of Teversalmarker on the north-west edge of Ashfield. The area 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.

King's Mill Hospitalmarker 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 Observatorymarker, which is inside the parish, not Mansfield, being run by the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Societymarker.

History

Saxons

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 Priory.

Churches

The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Sutton-in-Ashfieldmarker dates from the twelfth century .

Coal mining

Sutton Collierymarker was actually outside of the town in Stanton Hill. It closed in 1989.

Hosiery

The Pretty Polly brand of hosiery originated in the town in around 1927, and was manufactured there on Unwin Road until April 2005. Samuel Eden Socks closed in July 2005.

Transport

Road

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 single-carriageway.

Rail

The town, since 1995, is now on the Robin Hood Line with Sutton Parkway railway stationmarker which is a good two miles from the town centre - although near the A38 bypass, towards Kirkby-in-Ashfieldmarker on the B6021. The railway was formerly mostly used by the area's pits, which closed in the early 1990s.

Recreation

Sport

Sutton used have a large and ageing swimming pool, with a (rare) high diving board, at 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 and swimming 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 activities. This is one of three Nottinghamshire adventure bases, with the other two at Holme Pierrepontmarker (Lakeside) and Worksopmarker (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 and breakfast.

Nature

To the 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 Hillmarker. It is a nature reserve and opened in 1999, it hold the Green Flag Award. Kings Mill Reservoir is also a nature reserve.

Schools



The Ashfield Comprehensive Schoolmarker 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



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