Keyworth shown within Nottinghamshire
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Keyworth is a village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire, England. It is located about 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the centre of Nottingham. The village sits on a small, broad hilltop about 200 feet above sea level which is set in the wider undulating boulder clay that characterises the area south of Nottingham.
At the time of the 2001 census the civil parish had a population of 6,920.
Keyworth was the home of Colette Aram who was murdered by Paul Stewart Hutchinson in 1983.
The bus company Trent Barton runs its Keyworth Connection service from Keyworth to Nottingham via Plumtree, Tollerton and West Bridgford, every day from early in the morning until around midnight (with late-night buses on Fridays and Saturdays).
History and development
Keyworth is first mentioned in writing in the Domesday Book dated 1086, though recent archaeological finds have discovered Roman artifacts in the parish outskirts suggesting human inhabitation of the area as far back as 800 AD. Keyworth originally developed as an agricultural community with the great majority of its inhabitants being farmers and field labourers. Later, frame-knitting gave rise to local employment and expansion in the 1880s.
Listed buildings in the village includes two grade II barns dating from the 17th century, one late 18th century house built in the Regency style, two early 19th century cottages on Main Street, and two grade II Former Framework Knitter's Workshops.
In the early 20th century The Midland Railway came through Plumtree from Nottingham Midland station & along the north east of Keyworth, giving the village an accessible rail route throughout the rail network, though this luxury only lasted about 70 years. The station at Plumtree was open for passengers from 1880 to 1949.
Significant expansion took place throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with Keyworth effectively becoming a commuter town for Nottingham. The population has been falling slightly in recent years.
A fuller account can be found at the website of the Keyworth & District History Society.
A Methodist church, Baptist church, Catholic church and a United Reformed church are also located in the village.
Education and Schools
South Wolds Academy is a large secondary school located in the village.
There are primary schools serving the needs of younger children (Crossdale Primary School, Keyworth Primary & Nursery School, Willowbrook Primary School)
Keyworth Show takes place each summer, on the second Saturday of July and includes a horticultural show, fairground and various displays. This all takes place on the playing fields described below.
Keyworth Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and is located next to the site of the South Wolds School.
The playing fields behind the Church are on the site of an ancient medieval ridge and furrow system. This sometimes makes running a rather precarious business for the outfielders of Keyworth Cricket Club who play their home matches on this field. In the season 2006 Keyworth Cricket Club players created league records for the most runs in a season and the most centuries in a season. It was the most successful season in the history of the club, which dates back to 1814.
The Keyworth Turkey Trot - a half-marathon road race - has been held annually since 1983, normally on the second Sunday in December. It attracts hundreds of runners.
Another set of playing fields, the home of Keyworth United Community Football Club, is located on Platt Lane.
There is a skate park also located at Platt Lane.
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club is situated about a mile from the village centre.
Local groups include scouting, amateur dramatics, choir, conservation, history, photography and a karate club (South Notts Shotokan Karate Club).
Keyworth and District Branch of the U3A was established early in 2009 and rapidly enrolled over 200 members. By the middle of 2011 it had reached its self-imposed limit of 400 members. It formed more than twenty study and activity groups, such as Play-Reading, Architecture, Family History, French, German, Cycling, Walking, Painting, Book-Reading, Bobbin Lace, Singing for Fun, Humour, Wildlife and Bird-Watching.
Commerce and amenities
The village is served by a large health centre. There are also two dental practices.
The main shopping areas are in the village are The Square, Main Street and The Parade. There are also smaller sets of shops on Manor Road, Nottingham Road and Prices Corner.
The rather limited range of shops includes, post office, pharmacy, supermarket, convenience stores, hardware, hairdressers, newsagents, butchers, dry-cleaners, florists.
There are two veterinary surgeries.
There are four public houses, the oldest being The Salutation Inn, which was serving beverages well before the 16th century.
There are three Chinese takeaways, two fish-and-chip shops, two Indian takeaways and a pizza takeaway.
Keyworth is home to the headquarters of the British Geological Survey, located since 1976 on the site of the former Mary Ward Teacher Training College on Nicker Hill in the North-Eastern quadrant of the village.
Well-known residents and former residents
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