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Saint Giles Parish Church
Grid reference: SK655675
Location: 53°12’0"N, 1°1’12"W
Post town: Newark
Postcode: NG22
Dialling code: 01623
Local Government
Council: Newark and Sherwood

Ollerton is a town in Nottinghamshire, on the edge of Sherwood Forest in the area known as the Dukeries. It shares a parish with neighbouring Boughton as "Ollerton and Boughton".

Formerly rural, Ollerton's main industry became coal mining from the 1920s onwards. The town expanded greatly during the 1960s and 1970s. A miner died in a demonstration at the mine during the miners' strike in 1984.

Ollerton features in a connected song by Australian singer Darren Hayes called "A Hundred Challenging Things A Boy Can Do" on his 2007 album, This Delicate Thing We've Made. The mine finally closed in 1994. Subsequently, the land around the mine has been reclaimed and is to be redeveloped as an ecologically sustainable "village".

In the original, old part of the former village Ollerton Watermill was built in 1713 on the River Maun. It was worked commercially until 1984. It was restored in 1993.

Ollerton Town has a local football team, Ollerton Town FC.

There is some ambition to re-instate passenger train services to the town utilising the current freight only line from Shirebrook on the Nottingham-Worksop route.[1]

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