Shirebrook

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Shirebrook
Shirebrook is located in Derbyshire
Shirebrook
Shirebrook
 Shirebrook shown within Derbyshire
Population9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area)
OS grid referenceSK522678
DistrictBolsover
Shire countyDerbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMANSFIELD
Postcode districtNG20
Dialling code01623 (74)
PoliceDerbyshire
FireDerbyshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentBolsover
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Coordinates: 53°12′17″N 1°13′11″W / 53.2048°N 1.2197°W / 53.2048; -1.2197

Shirebrook
Shirebrook is located in Derbyshire
Shirebrook
Shirebrook
 Shirebrook shown within Derbyshire
Population9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area)
OS grid referenceSK522678
DistrictBolsover
Shire countyDerbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMANSFIELD
Postcode districtNG20
Dialling code01623 (74)
PoliceDerbyshire
FireDerbyshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentBolsover
List of places
UK
England
Derbyshire

Shirebrook is a town in the Bolsover district of north-east Derbyshire on the border with Nottinghamshire, England.[1] At the 2001 UK Census it had a population of 9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area). It is on the B6407, and close to the A632 road, between Mansfield and Bolsover.

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

The Great Northern former-pub, once a frequent social point in Shirebrook

Local economy[edit]

Shirebrook is a small market town with a market square (market days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) surrounded by several shops. There is a large Cooperative food store, 3 butchers, carpet shops, 2 card shops, 2 cake shops, 2 tattooists, 2 furniture shops, 2 pet shops, 2 cafes, 3 pubs, a locksmith, a solicitors, 2 DIY stores, multiple takeaways and 3 pharmacists. Shirebrook is home to many small local businesses. Much of the growth and prosperity of the town was built around coal mining. Shirebrook Colliery opened in 1896 and closed in 1993. Like many former 'pit towns' in the area this led to high unemployment and other social problems. The former site of the colliery is being redeveloped. The former Kissingate Leisure Centre is on Park Road. It has no swimming pool, but it has an indoor five-a-side football area and a skate park. The Kissingate Leisure Centre itself was closed after being heavily damaged by fire on 7 November 2008 but reopened almost 12 months later and was taken over by Shirebrook Town Council and renamed Shirebrook Leisure Centre.

Just outside of the town is reclaimed land with the headquarters of Sports World International, the UK's largest sports clothes retailer, owned by Mike Ashley.

On 19 May 2008, Shirebrook featured on Tonight on ITV1. It showed various places including Sports Direct, Shirebrook Market, Empire Bingo/Cinema and also Carter Lane Social Club, The Empire has been demolished after a fire in 2011. Both the local pit fitting workshop and the Empire were used as locations for the film The Full Monty.

In 2011, planning permission was sought to build a new 30,000 sq/ft Tesco superstore on the location of flats on Portland Road.

Education[edit]

The local secondary school is Shirebrook Academy on Common Lane is for pupils aged 11–16.

Shirebrook also has many primary schools and nurseries such as:

Railway[edit]

Shirebrook once had three railway stations. The last remaining station was on the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS) route from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield, and was originally known as Shirebrook West, despite being on the eastern edge of the town. The route lost its passenger services in October 1964, leaving Mansfield as one of the largest towns in the UK without a station, but the line remained opened as a goods route. On the site of the goods yard a diesel locomotive fuelling depot was opened in the mid 1960s. The station was re-opened in 1998 for the new Robin Hood Line services from Nottingham to Worksop. A wagon repair and manufacturing business have a rail link with the main line.

Shirebrook North station (originally known as "Langwith Junction", until renamed in June 1924), was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway[2] (later part of the Great Central Railway and subsequently the LNER) in March 1897 and closed in September 1955. By then only one of the four routes converging on it was left- that to Lincoln: the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line to Pleasley and Sutton-in-Ashfield had closed in September 1931; the LD&ECR line to Beighton via Clowne in September 1939, and that to Chesterfield via Bolsover in December 1951, due to the unsafe condition of Bolsover Tunnel. The filling in of the tunnel began on 10 October 1966, and used waste from Bolsover Colliery. The mouth of the old tunnel can be found on the southern edge of Scarcliffe, emerging just south of Ridgdale Road, Bolsover.

Shirebrook South station was on the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line mentioned above, opened in November 1901 and closed in September 1931.

Media[edit]

The town publishes a free newspaper, The Post, which is distributed to houses in the area on a monthly basis. The newspaper, published by Shirebrook Newspapers Ltd, has a very strong Labour bias and is very vocal on local issues.

Notable former residents[edit]

Ray Wilson, a member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup came from Shirebrook. John Hurt, an English actor, lived in the town from birth until he was five, when his father was the vicar of Holy Trinity Parish Church.[3] Derby County FC footballer Mason Bennett comes from nearby Langwith, Derbyshire. Other former residents include the actor Colin Tarrant[4] who played a number of roles including Brian Clough. Probably the biggest name to emerge from the town is Hollywood actor Jason Statham.[5]

Sport[edit]

The town's main football club, Shirebrook Town, currently play in the First Division of the Northern Counties East Football League, and are based at Langwith Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 270: Sherwood Forest: (1:25 000):ISBN 0 319 24040 1
  2. ^ Cupit,T., Taylor, W., (1984 2nd.Ed.) The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, Trowbridge: The Oakwood Press
  3. ^ "John Hurt - Famous Derbyshire People". Peakdistrictonline.co.uk. 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Colin Tarrant biography at IMDb
  5. ^ "Jason Statham - Biography, Photos, News, Videos, Movie Reviews". Contactmusic.com. 

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