Mansfield Woodhouse

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Mansfield Woodhouse
St.Edmund's church, Mansfield Woodhouse - - 237717.jpg
Saint Edmund's Parish Church
Grid reference: SK540632
Location: 53°9’36"N, 1°11’24"W
Post town: Mansfield
Postcode: NG19
Dialling code: 01623
Local Government
Council: Mansfield

Mansfield Woodhouse is a large village and ancient parish in the Broxtow wapentake of Nottinghamshire, just over a mile north of Mansfield. The village lies long the main A60 road in a wide, low valley between the Rivers Maun and Meden. Founded before the Roman Empire, it is noteworthy for its stone-built centre.

Originally separate, after continuous development it has become a large part of the Mansfield Urban Area. Mansfield Woodhouse's economy was traditionally based on the quarrying, mining, farming and textile industries.


High Street

The Romans had a fortress and a civilian settlement in the area (remains of a Roman villa were famously found here by Hayman Rooke in the 1780s). The area declined after the Romans left but by the 13th century, there was a growing settlement of smallholders.

On 12 September 1304, fire destroyed the village, including its timber-framed church. The town was rebuilt using local materials and the new stone-built church, dedicated to St Edmund, still stands.

The village recovered and by Tudor times, was home to a number of wealthy families. Farming and quarrying were the main livelihoods and Mansfield Woodhouse also prospered with the growth of the textile and hosiery trades into the 19th century.

In 1839 the designer of the Houses of Parliament, Sir Charles Barry, selected a sand-coloured magnesian limestone as the stone that would be used in its construction. This was quarried in Anston, Yorkshire as well as in Mansfield Woodhouse.

On the road to Edwinstowe stands the Parliament Oak, which, according to legend, was once the location of a session of Parliament held by the king. There is a commemorative plaque.

During the UK miners' strike, some coal miners at nearby Sherwood Colliery on the edge of Mansfield Woodhouse continued working, a decision made with members and officials as part of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, a breakaway from the National Union of Mineworkers. The pit closed in 1992.[1][2] The Colliery's football and cricket teams carry on through Sherwood Colliery Football Club and Sherwood Colliery Cricket Club, with the former swimming pool that was part of the original pit head baths complex being renamed as Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in 2010.

Natives of Mansfield Woodhouse include D'Ewes Coke (1747–1811), an unusual combination of clergyman and colliery master, and the pianist and composer John Ogdon (1937–89).


Mansfield Woodhouse is still growing by expanding into former farmland. The town was recorded as having a population of over 18,500 according to the 2011 census.

It has a number of schools; the larger primary schools are St Edmund's Church of England Primary School, Northfield Primary and Nursery School, Peafield Lane Primary and Nursery School, Leas Park Junior School and Nettleworth Primary and Nursery School.

The largest school is The Manor Academy; originally a grammar school (opened in 1959), it merged with Forest View Secondary Modern (opened 1956 – both at Park Hall Road) and Yorke Street Secondary Modern to form a comprehensive school, opened in September 1973. The Yorke Street building was about a mile away to the south.

After a fire in 1996, the Park Hall Road buildings were enlarged during rebuilding to incorporate the former Yorke Street facility, which was sold for housing land. Near the school is The Manor Sport and Recreation Centre, a public amenity which forms part of the school's facilities.

Mansfield Woodhouse Station

The town is served by Mansfield Woodhouse railway station, on the Robin Hood Line.

The town also has a volunteer-run newsletter called The Woodhouse Warbler, produced quarterly since late 2000, with a circulation in the thousands. It also produced a magazine collating locals' Second World War memories, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.[3]


The Manor Sport and Recreation Centre is a £1.9 million indoor and outdoor sports facility opened on 11 May 2002, largely funded by a £1.4 million Sport England Sports Lottery grant, with the remainder from a variety of organisations and sponsors.[4]

From 29 September 2012 the Manor Park, adjacent to the Sports complex and entered from Kingsley Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, has regularly hosted a Park Run, an informal, timed three-mile fun-run for any class of participant.[5][6]

Mansfield Woodhouse is known around Nottinghamshire for its junior football clubs: Woodhouse Colts JFC and Manor 4th FC, both of which offer football to youngsters from 6 to 18.

Speedway racing, then known as dirt track racing, took place at Mansfield Woodhouse in the pioneer days of 1928.


  1. Independent Sherwood Colliery closed January 1992 Retrieved 26 May 2014
  2. [1] 'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD – 'Timeline' "1992, 31 January. Sherwood Colliery was closed." Retrieved 31 December 2013
  3. [2] Woodhouse Warbler. Retrieved 29 December 2013
  4. [3] Manor Sports Centre homepage. Retrieved 30 December 2013
  5. [4] Park Run support website and info. Retrieved 30 December 2013
  6. [5] Mansfield Parkrun website.Retrieved 30 December 2013

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