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Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
is a large village in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England, with associations to the Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and Maid Marian
Maid Marian
legends. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 5,188.[1]

Contents

1 Heritage 2 Economy 3 Amenities 4 Transport 5 Famous people 6 References 7 External links

Heritage[edit] The etymology of the village name, "Edwin's resting place", recalls that King and Saint Edwin of Northumbria's body was hidden in the church after he was killed in the Battle of Hatfield Chase, near Doncaster, probably in AD 633. The battle against King Penda of Mercia occurred near the present-day hamlet of Cuckney, some five miles north-west of modern Edwinstowe.[2] Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
is referred to twice in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as having five households, in addition to a priest and his four bordars, living in the hamlet in 1086.[3] Legend has it that Robin Hood
Robin Hood
married Maid Marian
Maid Marian
in St Mary's Church. Edwinstowe's present-day popularity is due mainly to the presence near the village of the Major Oak, a feature in the folk tales of Robin Hood. Economy[edit] Thoresby Colliery
Thoresby Colliery
served as Edwinstowe's main source of employment until July 2015, when the mine was permanently closed.[4] The loss of one of the last remaining deep coalmines in the country has left tourism as the main branch of the local economy. Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
County Council's nearby Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
Visitors' Centre is scheduled for redevelopment and improvement. A contract awarded to RSPB
RSPB
intended for completion by late 2017 had a projected cost of £5.3 million.[5][6] Centre Parcs' Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
holiday village is a local employer established in 1987, close to the edge of the village.[7][8] There was a post windmill south of the Mansfield
Mansfield
Road with a small box-style roundhouse. It was driven by two common sails and two double-patent sails. Amenities[edit]

Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
Cricket Ground

St. Mary's Church, Edwinstowe, England. (Alleged site of the wedding of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and Maid Marian)

The two schools in the village are St Mary's Primary School and King Edwin Primary School. The village also has a business services provider, a St John's Ambulance amenity, an antiques centre, workshops, a fun park, a youth hostel, two arts and crafts centres, a village hall, and a community pest-control centre. Leisure facilities include Thoresby Colliery
Thoresby Colliery
Band and Youth Band, a high-wire forest adventure course, a mountain biking, cyclo cross and forest walks centre, a skate park, a forest fun park, and an outdoor adventure park. Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
still has six pubs: the Black Swan, the Dukeries Lodge, Forest Lodge, Hammer and Wedge, the Manvers and the Royal Oak. Other caterers include the Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
Bistro Restaurant, the Cottage Tea Rooms, and Launay's Restaurant. Environmental concerns are addressed under the Maun Valley Project Conservation Area. Transport[edit] Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
had a railway station between 1897 and 1955. A goods line remains. The nearest railway station today is at Mansfield
Mansfield
(6 miles, 10 km).[9] The village is served by twice-hourly, daytime Monday–Saturday bus services to Mansfield
Mansfield
and Ollerton, six buses Monday–Saturday to Worksop, and one bus Monday–Friday to Nottingham. Services run twice a week to Newark and once a week to Lincoln.[10] Famous people[edit] In order of birth:

King Edwin of Northumbria
Edwin of Northumbria
gave his name to the village. The legendary Robin Hood
Robin Hood
is said to have married Maid Marian
Maid Marian
here. John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
(1662–1711), politician and landowner, was born her. E. Cobham Brewer
E. Cobham Brewer
(1810–1897), lexicographer, died at the vicarage, where his son-in-law was the vicar. Henry Morley (1852–1924), first-class cricketer, was born and died here. Fanny Jean Turing (1864–1934), politician and activist, was probably born in the village, where her father was vicar. Fred Kitchen (1890–1969), self-educated writer and autobiographer, was born here. Francis Woodhead (1912–1991), first-class cricketer, was born here. Philip Brett
Philip Brett
(1937–2002), musicologist and conductor, was born here.

References[edit]

^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistice. Retrieved 8 April 2016.  ^ " Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
History". Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
Parish Council. Retrieved 15 February 2014.  ^ "Place: Edwinstowe". Domesday Book. Open Domesday. Retrieved 13 March 2013.  ^ "Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery
Thoresby Colliery
closes after 90 years", BBC News (Nottingham), 10 July 2015, retrieved 2015-12-30  ^ Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
Country Park Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
County Council, Retrieved 30 December 2015 ^ RSPB
RSPB
chosen to build Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
visitor centre, BBC News (Nottingham) 12 August 2015, Retrieved 30 December 2015 ^ Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
Village Retrieved 30 December 2015 ^ Centre Parcs history Retrieved 30 December 2015 ^ Distance calculator Retrieved 26 June 2016. ^ Notts bus times Retrieved 26 June 2016.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Edwinstowe.

Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
Parish Council, residents' and visitors' site Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
Historical Society GeoHack Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
grid reference SK613663

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