Holmewood is a village in the North East
Derbyshire district of
Derbyshire, being a former coal mining village with close links to the
villages of Heath,
North Wingfield and Temple Normanton. It is in the
civil parish of Heath and Holmewood.
The village of
Holmewood was formed as a residence by The
Williamthorpe Colliery Company from 1905 until 1970, when it closed
due to the high cost of deep seam mining. The colliery was the main
employer of the village and upon its closure, caused much unemployment
within the area. As a consequence of the
Margaret Thatcher Government
in the late 1980s, plans were put in place to construct two large
industrial estates to limit the high unemployment levels within the
ex-colliery communities in the North
Derbyshire Area. This industrial
estate has now expanded to cover a much larger area and is known as
Holmewood Enterprise Zone'. Due to EU Government incentives,
the site attracts high levels of investment from national-level
Currently the village is undergoing some big changes with new
developments and an expansion of new housing.
There is also a countryside park on the site, which is known as the
Five Pits Trail, which links the five villages around Holmewood. The
area contains several ponds that, once heavily polluted, are now
havens for wildlife and are popular with anglers and birdwatchers.
The village has many small shops, public houses, churches and a public
library. The closest ally to the village of
Holmewood are in the
nearest village of Heath.
The local football team
Holmewood Park Rangers currently play in the
Chesterfield Sunday League division 4.
Holmewood Enterprise Zone information Archived 2006-09-27 at the
Derbyshire County Council -
Holmewood Library information Archived
2006-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.
Media related to
Holmewood at Wikimedia Commons
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