Edwinstowe is a large village in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire,
England, with associations to the
Robin Hood and
Maid Marian legends.
The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 5,188.
5 Famous people
7 External links
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.
Edwinstowe is referred to twice in the
Domesday Book as having five
households, in addition to a priest and his four bordars, living in
the hamlet in 1086.
Legend has it that
Robin Hood married
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
Thoresby Colliery served as Edwinstowe's main source of employment
until July 2015, when the mine was permanently closed. 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 County Council's nearby
Sherwood Forest Visitors'
Centre is scheduled for redevelopment and improvement. A contract
RSPB intended for completion by late 2017 had a projected
cost of £5.3 million.
Sherwood Forest holiday village is a local employer
established in 1987, close to the edge of the village.
There was a post windmill south of the
Mansfield Road with a small
box-style roundhouse. It was driven by two common sails and two
Edwinstowe Cricket Ground
St. Mary's Church, Edwinstowe, England. (Alleged site of the wedding
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 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 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 Bistro Restaurant, the Cottage Tea
Rooms, and Launay's Restaurant.
Environmental concerns are addressed under the Maun Valley Project
Edwinstowe had a railway station between 1897 and 1955. A goods line
remains. The nearest railway station today is at
Mansfield (6 miles,
The village is served by twice-hourly, daytime Monday–Saturday bus
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.
In order of birth:
Edwin of Northumbria
Edwin of Northumbria gave his name to the village.
Robin Hood is said to have married
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
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 (1937–2002), musicologist and conductor, was born here.
^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for
National Statistice. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
Edwinstowe Parish Council. Retrieved 15
^ "Place: Edwinstowe". Domesday Book. Open Domesday. Retrieved 13
Thoresby Colliery closes after 90 years", BBC
News (Nottingham), 10 July 2015, retrieved 2015-12-30
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Nottinghamshire County Council,
Retrieved 30 December 2015
RSPB chosen to build Nottinghamshire's
Sherwood Forest visitor
centre, BBC News (Nottingham) 12 August 2015, Retrieved 30 December
^ Centre Parcs
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.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Edwinstowe.
Edwinstowe Parish Council, residents' and visitors' site
Edwinstowe Historical Society
Edwinstowe grid reference SK613663
Ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire
Boroughs or districts
Newark and Sherwood
See also: List of civil parishes in Nottinghamshire
Places ( · by Population)
Places of interest
Grade I listed buildings
Grade II* listed buildings