Grassmoor

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Coordinates: 53°12′04″N 1°23′49″W / 53.201°N 1.397°W / 53.201; -1.397

Grassmoor
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The entrance gates to Barnes Park are near the centre of Grassmoor, across the road from the village school. The war memorial stands just inside the entrance, which has recently been done up.
Grassmoor is located in Derbyshire
Grassmoor
Grassmoor
 Grassmoor shown within Derbyshire
Population 3,560 
OS grid reference SK403672
District North East Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTERFIELD
Postcode district S42
Dialling code 01246
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Grassmoor is a village in Derbyshire, England, approximately three miles to the south of Chesterfield. Its original name, according to 16th-century parish records, was Gresmore.[1] Grassmoor formally housed many miners, however all of the local mines in the area have been closed since the mid-eighties.

Opposite Grassmoor Primary School is Barnes Park and cricket pitch. Many local cricket matches are played on the park and it is also host to an annual Summer Fete.

Parish council[edit]

Grassmoor Parish Council covers the village of Grassmoor and also the areas of Winsick and Hasland. The area covered by this Parish when combined with the area covered by the Parish of Temple Normanton forms Grassmoor district electoral ward. The Parish is part of Sutton county electoral division.[2]

Five Pits Trail[edit]

The Five Pits Trail is a five and half mile off-road surfaced route from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds.

The Five Pits Trail is so named as it 5 mines that interlink local coal mines Coalfields. The former collieries had a long death, with deep mines gradually being replaced by huge opencast workings, which had a lifespan of less than 20 years. Reclamation and conservation over the past 30 years have seen spoil tips and wasteland replaced by hay meadows and woodland.

Areas of water have attracted upwards of 200 species of birds. The bird reserves at Williamthorpe Ponds are partially filled by water pumped at a constant 10°C which attracts many birds, particularly in winter.[3]

Lagoons[edit]

Grassmoor lagoons were formed in spoil tips at the former Grassmoor Colliery, which operated on the site from the 1840s until its closure in 1967. When British Coal opened the Avenue Coking Works nearby, it used the lagoon area to treat waste liquid from the coking works. During this time, large amounts of coal tar sludge from the works settled in the lagoons. The Avenue Coking Works closed in 1993, and Derbyshire County Council took over the lagoons site later the same year.[4] Derbyshire County Council owns the Grassmoor Lagoons site and has secured funding to remediate the lagoons area. Once this is achieved, the council intends to incorporate the area back into the Grassmoor Country Park.

Notable people[edit]

Paul Burrell grew up in the village, before eventually becoming Diana, Princess of Wales' butler. Some of his family still live in the village.

Attractions[edit]

Grassmoor is home to Grassmoor Primary School, which is government funded. Grassmoor Community center, where community events sometimes take place such as small fairs. Grassmoor is home to some small businesses which include; Nisa Local, Grassmoor Supermarket, Ishmails Indian take away, Grassmoor chip shop, a Chinese, The Boot And Shoe pub, The Sportsman Pub, Working men's Club Post Office, Head to Toe beauty salon, a female hairdressers, a barbour, pharmacy, Blue Dykes doctors, Yummy's sandwich shop, Paul's Butchers,Woodleigh car sales and fuel, and a small shop 'Bargain Box'. Grassmoor is also home to Grassmoor Golf Course.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grassmoor village in Derbyshire - England
  2. ^ Grassmoor Community Website
  3. ^ Five Pits Trail - AA Bike Rides
  4. ^ Grassmoor Lagoon

External links[edit]

Media related to Grassmoor at Wikimedia Commons