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East Markham, historically also known as Great Markham, is a small village near Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. It lies about 8 km south of Retford. It is sandwiched between the East Coast Main Line (to the east), the A1 to the west and A57 to the north.
It has a sister village, West Markham, which is smaller and on the other side of the road (old A1-B1164) between Tuxford and Markham Moor. To the south is Tuxford. East Markham has a Church of St. John the Baptist, village hall, a charity playgroup and a primary school. The Post Office closed in 1994 and the village store closed in 2011. There is one remaining village pub the Queens Hotel on High Street (the former A57). The second pub theCrown Inn closed down in approx. 2012 and was sold to developers who intend to turn it into a house and build on it's car park . East Markham also features a playgroup, Pippins Pre-School, and a primary school. East Markham used to be home to some heavy manufacturing such as Hermans chicken factory and was historically known for its many orchards that used to surround the village, most of which closed in the 1980s (Hermans) or were replanted in the case of orchards. Small businesses which previously flourished in this quaint country village have now closed. This included an organic butcher who only sold locally produced meat, village shop (closed due to lack of profit) and newsagents also sold and due to be converted into housing.
Cleveland Mill was a tower windmill in East Markham, built in 1837 at a cost of £420 for the miller Thomas Lighfoot. It was 42 feet high, with four storeys and four sails. The mill was worked by wind until c. 1920. Thereafter steam or oil engines were used. The mill was owned by the Lightfoot family through most of its working life. It was sold for conversion to a house in 1976.
East Markham church has a bell ringing group that practice regularly on a Tuesday night.
Sporting facilities include a crown green bowling club, two tennis courts and a football pitch which is home to East Markham FC.
Overall the village is a commuter village with little community spirit or participation in village events.
- Shaw, T. (1995). Windmills of Nottinghamshire. Page 17. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-900986-12-3
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