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Mansfield Market Place with the Bentinck Memorial rising above the market stalls
Mansfield shown within Nottinghamshire
|Population||99,600 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||NG18, NG19, NG20|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Mansfield is a town in Nottinghamshire, England. It is the main town in the Mansfield local government district and is a part of the Mansfield Urban Area. Surrounded by a pocket of steep hills within the Maun Valley, the town is around 12 miles (19 km) north of Nottingham. The district of Mansfield is a largely urban area situated in the north west of Nottinghamshire populated by 99,600 residents of whom the vast majority live in Mansfield (including Mansfield Woodhouse), with Market Warsop a secondary centre, and the remainder in the rural north of the district. Adjacent to the urban area of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Mansfield is the only major sub-regional centre in Nottinghamshire covering an area of 78 square kilometres. The Centre for Cities (2009) categorises the town as a 'small city', although it does not officially hold city status.
Mansfield is the only local authority area in the county to have a directly elected Mayor and in October 2008 Mansfield elected its first Youth Mayor.
Historically, the district has been influenced heavily by its industrial past with coal mining and textiles thriving in the district until their decline in the 1990s, but in common with the national economy the area has seen the decline of these sectors. Mansfield has 20.2% (12,890) of its working age population seeking key out of work benefits (based on a 63,800 total working age population) (NOMIS).
Over the last century the population has declined in parallel with this traditional industrial base. However much has been done to diversify the economic base and to replace jobs lost. Mid-year population forecasts reveal that since April 2008 the population has gone from 100,100 to 100,600 in 2009, 99,700 in 2010 to the current figure of 99,600 in 2011.
- 1 History
- 2 Economy
- 3 Notable people
- 4 Transport
- 5 Sport
- 6 Parks
- 7 Entertainment
- 8 Media
- 9 Politics
- 10 Criticisms
- 11 Twin towns
- 12 Neighbouring cities, towns and villages
- 13 Climate
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Mansfield is thought to date back at least to Roman times, with coins from those times having been found there, as well as a villa, near Roman Bank in Mansfield Woodhouse. Later the early English royalty are said to have stayed there, the Mercian Kings having used it as a base for hunting in the nearby Sherwood Forest. There is also the remains of the 12th-century King John's palace, in Clipstone at the edge of the town. The town was originally a retreat for royal families and dignitaries in the fourteen and fifteenth centuries due to its location within Sherwood Forest famed for it's fresh air and exclusiveness. Access to the town was via small horse-drawn carriageway from the city of Nottingham that was en route to Sheffield. On Westgate within the town centre, a tree stands at the point that was known to be exact centre of Sherwood Forest, a commemorative plaque marks the area. Access to the town between the 16th and 17th centuries were via several inns and stable yards. The Harte, The Swan (which has a dating stone with 1490AD was found during alterations) The Talbot, The White Bear, The Ram (timber dating to pre 1500AD) and White Lion were known to date from medieval times. Several timber-framed cruck buildings were only recently demolished in 1929 and another in 1973 which was documented by a local historian society during its demolition and was dated at circa 1400AD, maybe earlier. Other glorious Tudor houses on Stockwell Gate, Bridge Street and Lime Tree place were also sadly demolished to make way for new developments before they could be viewed for being listed properties. A large majority of the buildings remaining are from the 17th century onwards.
On 6 April 2010 a town-centre Business Improvement District (BID) was established with offices based in the old Town Hall on the Market Square, financed by a 2% rate levy on nearby businesses. Records show the first yearly income to be £294,697 with an operating surplus of £151,610 after expenses.
One of BID's achievements during 2012 to 2013 was a crowd-funded town centre Wi-Fi internet installation costing £37,000 and completed by June 2013,using an extensive network of AP nodes requiring potential users to register before free use is enabled, with a dedicated optional BID local information 'App' for Android and iPhone available for download. The intention was to encourage shoppers and visitors alike to linger in the town centre for longer than previously, to offer internet access to small businesses and provide market traders with a means of accepting non-cash payments.
Other BID achievements are 'gating-off' of alleyways previously blighted by anti-social behaviour, improved signage and enhanced cleansing operations. Mansfield Constituency Labour Party criticised the BID for receiving the best part of one million pounds during its first three years of operations, with little to show for the money.
Mansfield was originally the home of Mansfield Brewery, once the largest independent brewer in the UK. The brewery was acquired by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries for £253m in October 1999, with production of the Mansfield range of ales moving to other parts of the country. The brewery's assets were later sold to Pubmaster Ltd and the former site of the brewery is available for redevelopment. In the 1980s, Mansfield Bitter was advertised with a photograph of then US president Ronald Reagan and the tagline "He may be president of the most powerful nation on Earth but he's never had a pint of Mansfield"; "Not much matches Mansfield" was also used.
Mansfield was also the location of an Irn-Bru factory, owned by the Scottish drinks company A. G. Barr, production ceased in January 2011 when A. G. Barr decided to close the factory. The brewery production buildings were demolished in late 2008, and five years later, the site still remains unsold. The older ornate office buildings were saved and house a learning centre.
Many of the areas adjacent to the town and its surrounding countryside still bear the markers of Mansfield and district's vibrant mining history.
The headstocks which stand close to the village of Clipstone are considered an important landmark to the people of the area, and community groups are trying to preserve these headstocks as a reminder of the area's once very busy mining history. The town was once a centre for coal mining, but as the demand for coal fell, Mansfield's many pits wound down and mine workers moved into other types of employment. Mining subsidence has caused some problems with properties around Mansfield. A few of the streets in and around the town are long rows of terraced houses, reminiscent of the affordable housing provided for mine workers in the height of the mining industry. Many of these have been demolished in 2012, in places such as Pleasley Hill and Market Warsop. The Coal Authority is based in the town.
Mansfield has many retailing outlets and the Four Seasons shopping Centre contains many popular national UK shops such as Boots UK, Debenhams, Burton, Thomas Cook, The Perfume Shop, HMV and the bookstore W.H. Smith. Costa Coffee has recently opened a shop in Mansfield, bringing a wide array of different coffee based drinks to the town. The economic crisis has led to a few of Mansfield shops closing and being boarded up, or their windows covered with high resolution digital images resembling library, cafe, pub or other shop scenes. The effect of the downtown was not as bad as many cities and towns throughout the UK. Nearby Chesterfield suffered worse than Mansfield (for a similar sized town). The vacant properties are less than 11% compared to some places which are as high as 25%. There are still quite a lot of independent stores within the town centre, such as The Vanity Box, China Basket, Vivid Shoes and other small family businesses that are very welcome against the backdrop of identikit high streets throughout Britain today. A small shop called 'Who's Toys' has recently[when?] opened in the town, selling various Dr Who items, memorabilia and posters, generating lots of interest from the area's Doctor Who fan community.
Several urban regeneration projects are underway in Mansfield, including reconstruction of the nearby King's Mill Hospital part of which was completed in 2009 and the MARR road (Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route) which was completed 3 months early; it is basically a bypass route around the town designed to reduce traffic through-flow and improve public transport, from the A617 at Pleasley to the A617 at Rainworth.
In 2009 Mansfield made a bid for city status and many more redevelopment plans were unveiled to fit with this, such as retail & residential developments, leisure facilities and road improvements, which are underway around the town.
Mansfield is a market town and has a 700-year old town centre market, the Royal Charter being issued 1227. In the centre of the market square there is the Bentinck Memorial, built in 1849 to commemorate the life of Lord George Bentinck (1802 – 1848), son of the William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, a major local landowner.A smaller nearby area called Buttercross market on Westgate, the original market place, has a large old centre-piece of local stone and is heavily-populated with stalls. Adjacent is Mansfield Library, officially opened by the Queen in 1977 and newly refurbished for 2012. The old Carnegie Library established in 1905 on Leeming Street was used from 1976 as an Arts and Performance centre.
The television presenter Adam Kingswood (from BBC TV's The Truth About Property), Richard Bacon and professional golfers Oliver Wilson and Greg Owen come from Mansfield. The singer Alvin Stardust lived there as a child. Radio, Television and West End actor Stephen Critchlow was raised and schooled in Mansfield and pianist John Ogdon was born in the suburb of Mansfield Woodhouse in 1937. Mark Holmes, lead singer of the Canadian New Wave/stadium rock group Platinum Blonde, was born and partly raised there. Mansfield is also the home of the Cantamus Girls Choir, World Choir Olympics champions. As well as this it also features a thriving music scene with many promising up and coming young artists.
- Greg Owen - European and US PGA Tour Golfer
- Nicholas Crafts - Economic Historian
- Leo Lyons - Ten Years After, Leo Lyons' Kick, Hundred Seventy Split - Bassist, Songwriter, Producer
- Ric Lee - Ten Years After, Ric Lee Blues Project - Drummer
- Robert Kozluk - Barnsley F.C. footballer
- James Perch - Wigan Athletic F.C. footballer
- Kris Commons - Celtic F.C. footballer
- Craig Disley - Grimsby Town F.C. footballer
- Rebecca Adlington - 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2008 Olympic swimming gold medalist, 400 m and 800m freestyle, the latter in a new world record time.
- Joel Peat - Lead guitarist of the band Lawson
- John Balance - Coil singer/musician
- Wes Dolan - Actor and Singer/Songwriter
- Sam Hynd - Paralympic Gold medalist 400 m freestyle and Bronze medalist in the 200 m Individual Medley
- John Bainbridge Webster - Chair of Systematic Theology at King's College, University of Aberdeen
- Liam Lawrence - Former Mansfield Town footballer, now playing for PAOK.
- Robert Dodsley - Playwright, Poet and bookseller. Wrote The King and The Miller of Mansfield and its sequel, Sir John Cockle, both of which appeared at Drury Lane in 1736 and 1737 respectively.
- William Martin, naturalist, was born in Mansfield in 1767.
Buses in Mansfield are primarily operated by Stagecoach, with Trent Barton, K&H Doyles and National Express also operating in the area. All the operators are investing in transport, with leather seats and air con now becoming a familiar sight. Planning permission was given to develop a new bus station on the former Station Road car park which was expected to cost £7 million. The old bus station, built in 1977, handled around 1,500 buses and 16,000 passenger arrivals a day. It was the busiest bus station in the county with outdated design and appearance, and a poor outdoor waiting environment.
There were good pedestrian links to the pedestrianised town centre shopping streets, but the rail station was a few hundred yards' walk away. The new bus station addressed this problem, but has proven unpopular with shopkeepers near to the old facility, with several claiming a substantial reduction in trade.
The new bus station and transport interchange opened in 2013 in the choice location on a former car park close to the rail station; it is part of a regeneration scheme known as the 'Gateway To Mansfield', giving visitors to the town a clean and tidy first impression, including building with a 'themed' use of local sandstone. The scheme was implemented to improve facilities for locals, boost visitors to the town and help boost the local economy.
The new bus station increased passenger safety, additionally providing a more welcoming scene for visitors arriving by bus, and has been hailed as a successful enhancement to Mansfield town centre. Improvements have included a fully enclosed waiting area, automatic doors for comfort, fume reduction and safety, a tourist information centre, electronic bus and rail departure information, toilets and baby changing facilities. A tower with lift and stairs to an elevated walkway connects to the adjacent rail station.
Mansfield town centre is situated in a 'bowl', a depression in the River Maun valley from which the town name is derived (Old English – Maunesfeld). A town centre ring-road was created with the old five main roads radiating out: the A60 to the North and South, the A617 to the East and West, and the A38 running to the South-West.
The town is the northern terminus of the A38, which runs from Bodmin in Cornwall and is the longest 'A' road entirely within England. Mansfield can be reached in around 10 min from junctions 27, 28 and 29 of the M1 and is around 18 mi from the A1 at neighbouring Newark-on-Trent.
Mansfield railway station is a stop on the Robin Hood Line, a rail link connecting the town with Nottingham and Worksop. From 1964 until the opening of the line in 1995, Mansfield was, by some definitions, the largest town in Britain without a railway station, all the more remarkable because the town pioneered the railway in the East Midlands. From 1973 to 1995 the nearby station at Alfreton was named 'Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway' to encourage its use as a railhead for Mansfield. A Sunday rail service was restored to Mansfield in December 2008 - the town having been one of the largest on the rail network without one.
The town was originally the terminus of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, built as a horse-drawn plateway in 1819 and one of the first acquisitions of the newly formed Midland Railway. The Midland used the final section to extend its new Leen Valley line to the present station in 1849.
The Midland Railway extended its Rolleston Junction - Southwell branch to Mansfield in 1871, continued the line north of Mansfield to Worksop in 1875, opened a link from Mansfield Woodhouse to Westhouses & Blackwell in 1886, and completed another link from Pleasley through Bolsover to Barrow Hill in 1890. Mansfield had become a railway centre of some importance, but it was a Midland Railway centre.
The Midland Railway monopoly was broken by the locally promoted Mansfield Railway between Kirkby South Junction and Clipstone Junctions opened in stages between 1913 and 1916 for goods trains and in 1917 for Nottingham - Ollerton passenger trains calling at a second Mansfield passenger station. Although nominally independent, the Mansfield Railway connected with the Great Central Railway at both ends and trains were worked by the Great Central. 
Thus Mansfield had two railway stations: Mansfield Town, the former Midland station on Station Road, near Belvedere Street and Mansfield Central, the former Mansfield Railway station on Great Central Road, near Ratcliffe Gate. Central station lost its scheduled passenger services at the beginning of 1956 and Town station closed to passengers in 1964 leaving Mansfield without any passenger trains until the Robin Hood line restored the service in 1995.
A tram service operated between 1905 and 1932, run by Mansfield & District Light Railways.
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Mansfield is home to Mansfield Town F.C., known as the Stags. They were relegated to the Conference National after 77 years in the Football League at the end of the 2007–08 season, but returned to the Football League after winning the 2012/13 Conference National title. The team's traditional rival is the nearby town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. The rivalry between the two clubs is considered among the fiercest in the lower leagues. Some Yorkshire (and Derbyshire) folk still associate Mansfield with failure to support the UK miners' strike (1984–1985); football matches between Mansfield Town: Barnsley, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield and have seen fans of the latter chant "scab". Before the strike, Mansfield Town and Chesterfield FC fans could stand in relative harmony on the terraces (this is no-longer the case).
Mansfield Rugby Club is a rugby union club based at Eakring Road and currently play in Midlands 1 East, a sixth tier league in the English rugby union system. They are winners of the Notts Cup for five years in succession and for a record eighteen times.
One major issue amongst local residents is Mansfield's lack of a central Leisure Centre. Mansfield District Council decided it would rubber stamp the sale of the existing Leisure Centre and extensive public car park to Tesco, who opened a large Tesco Extra store in 2007. MDC asserted this would be replaced by a brand new Leisure Centre, but nothing has been built or is planned. MDC received over £5m from Tesco for the Leisure Centre site, deciding to spend the money on refurbishing Sherwood Baths instead of replacing the Leisure Centre.
Mansfield has two indoor swimming centres and a third, smaller pool attached to a school which has been under threat of closure since 2011 This is the largest m2 (square meterage) of indoor water sports facilties per capita than any other town in the UK with less than 100,000 inhabitants.
Mansfield also holds the UK record for the largest UK town not to have a municipal squash court in the whole of its district, following the demolition of the former Leisure Centre to build the Tesco Extra store. The general public of Mansfield still hold this against MDC, as the previous Leisure Centre, paid for by the district's council tax payers has now gone, seemingly for good. Tesco built another 'Extra' store on the town's outskirts approximately two miles away, demolishing the multi-sports hall and function venue and rebuilding/improving the previous gym which had only a few years earlier been refurbished
Despite many so far unfulfilled promises by the town's Mayor, the lack of a central Leisure Centre is seen as a contributing factor to the amount of clinically obese residents of the town. The figure is over 15% above the national average.
Mansfield is one of the three outlets of the Nottinghamshire County Council Swim Squad, who compete as Nova Centurion. The Sherwood Swimming Baths adjacent to the former Sherwood Colliery was refurbished and opened in January 2010 as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. The 25 metre pool was widened at the expense of losing the tiered public seating and has a new, small, endless stroke-improvement training pool with varaiable-resistance water flow. The complex uses a ground source heat pump backed by a biomass boiler burning wood-pellets prepared from waste by a local woodyard to reduce its carbon footprint
At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a Mansfield local called Rebecca Adlington won two gold medals for 400 and 800 metre freestyle swimming. After her record breaking success, Rebecca was welcomed home to Mansfield by thousands of people lining the streets around the town to applaud as she passed in an open top bus culminating in an appearance at the old Town Hall in the Market Square
Her success immediately boosted swimming interest in the area, leading to expansion of swimming classes to encourage young people to begin swimming. At the 2012 Olympic Games held in London and surrounding venues, Adlington won two Bronze medals again for 400 and 800 metres, the best performance of a generally disappointing Team GB swimming squad. Adlington retired from competitive swimming in February 2012.
Mansfield has a Water Meadows swimming complex opened during the Christmas holidays of 1990, situated at Bath Street, on the site of the former Mansfield Baths and defunct cattle market. It hosts a gym, sauna and sunbeds alongside two swimming pools + a small teaching pool. The leisure lagoon pool has a very popular wave machine operating periodically, giving swimmers the experience of waves, similar to floating in an ocean, a slide and a shallow 'beach' area with adjacent cafeteria. Water Meadows is extremely popular both with family groups and as a school swimming facility using the 25 metre competition pool + teaching pool with many schools from nearby and surrounding areas regularly accessing the facilities.
Mansfield has many parks and areas of green land. Titchfield Park, located on the same site as the Water Meadows swimming complex, is home to a large grassy area which covers two sides of the river Maun, joined by two bridges in the park. The park boasts a bowls green, basketball court, children's play area and many flowerbeds which are filled with blooms during the summer months.
Fisher Lane Park, located at the top of Littleworth outside the town, is an area of green land that is popular with dog walkers, kite flyers and skaters. Mansfield District Council installed a concrete skate plaza on Fisher Lane Park, causing some controversy with locals. However, the skate plaza has proven to be very popular with local youths, who access it daily. During the summer months, small fairs use Fisher Lane Park to set up some rides and stalls for local children.
Carr Bank Park is another park close to the town, which has a rocky 'grotto', bandstand and many flower beds, which are filled with blooms during the summer. The park has a new war memorial
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The Palace Theatre is located on Leeming Street and is the town's primary entertainment venues. Built as a cinema in 1910, it was originally known as the Palace Electric Theatre and was later adapted to a proscenium arch theatre presenting live shows. It has also been known as the Civic Hall and Civic Theatre before the current name was revived in the 1990s. With a seating capacity of 534, the theatre is a mid scale touring venue presenting a programme of both professional and amateur productions.
Mansfield Museum is situated alongside the Palace Theatre on Leeming Street. It opened in 1904 and has been based on Leeming Street from 1938. There is no entry fee, and the museum attracts around 40,000 visitors each year. The museum has won a number of awards including the Guardian Family-friendly Museum of the Year Award in recent years.
The Old library Venue & Media Centre is a multi-media centre located in the centre of town. It houses a state of the art recording studio along with a 100 seat Studio Theatre, Cafe/Bar and other working spaces. Mansfield also has a large cinema run by Odeon Cinemas.
The Intake Club is a music venue located on Kirkland Avenue. The venue had a public bar, function room and a gig room with a stage and capacity for 450, and full capacity of 700. The Town Mill - a former waterside mill in the town centre on the banks of the River Maun, converted into a pub and live music venue - was another live music venue but closed in 2010.
Just a few miles outside of Mansfield lies Sherwood Forest. Mansfield had an Oak Tree and a plaque to mark what was the centre of Sherwood Forest on West Gate. Now the trees have been taken down and a giant metallic feather has replaced them as a marker. Some residents of the town feel this is an eyesore, and the feather sculpture has been plagued by health and safety problems.
Summer In The Streets
Every year between the months of June & August, Mansfield District Council hosts an event called Summer In The Streets. This festival consists of various public events held all over the town over many days, such as children's entertainment, fairground rides in the market square, hands on workshops for things like crafts & circus skills. The highlight of the festival is an event held in the town's Titchfield park, called 'Party In The Park'. This hosts a wide range of entertainment, such as live music acts by local bands, performances from local dance groups and activities such as face painting.
On August the 21st 2010 as a part of various summer entertainment set on by Mansfield District Council, the popular Irish boyband Westlife played a live concert at Mansfield's Field Mill Stadium, home to the town's football team, the Stags. This is the first big name to visit the town, and it is suggested the act brought a lot of visitors and financial benefits to Mansfield.
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The local newspapers are the Chad (formerly the Chronicle Advertiser) & the Mansfield & Ashfield Express a good news community newspaper. Mansfield is home to one radio station, Mansfield 103.2 broadcast from the Fishpond Hill transmitting station on Skegby Lane which also broadcasts Mansfield versions of the Nottingham stations Radio Nottingham and Capital FM on 95.5 and 96.5 FM respectively.
DAB broadcasts from Fishpond's Hill began on 21 July 2006 with the NOW Nottingham multiplex, subsequently the Digital One and BBC National muxes were also added (during 2006 & 2007) to give excellent digital radio reception across the town.
Television reception in Mansfield however, is a different story. Television reception has often been poor due to the location of the town being between regions. Historically, Mansfield has been part of the BBC North and Yorkshire Television regions. Between 20 December 1965 and 30 July 1974, some homes in Mansfield received Anglia Television (until the Belmont transmitter began radiating Yorkshire Television).
Since the 1995 arrival of Diamond Cable (latterly ntl, then lastly re-branded as Virgin Media), BBC East Midlands and ITV Central East were provided and since regionalisation of SKY digital, Mansfield is classified as 'North Midlands', meaning many residents can now watch BBC East Midlands which is the default region for this area and appears on channel 101. Channel 103 shows ITV Yorkshire East.
The Belmont transmitter provides the best reception to most of the town offering analogue and digital TV and is the most frequently used transmitter in the town providing BBC East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and ITV Yorkshire (East)
Emley Moor is also receivable and in some areas of the town offers better reception than Belmont, providing BBC Yorkshire & North Midlands and Yorkshire Television (West).
While Yorkshire Television's news programme "Calendar" still covers Mansfield, BBC Look North has for many years refused to cover the town, insisting that Mansfield belongs in the BBC East Midlands region (though few homes get acceptable terrestrial reception of BBC East Midlands). This was highlighted when the celebrations for Rebecca Adlington's success at the Beijing olympics, although recorded by East Midlands Today, were shown on both East Midlands Today and Look North so that all Mansfield residents could see them.
Many homes have dual aerials with one pointing at Belmont (or in some places Emley Moor) and the other at Waltham (East Midlands), the latter which usually gives a far inferior picture quality but was often used in the days when ITV had more regional variations so that Mansfield folk could keep up with local news and sport. Dual aerial systems are being removed as they will not work for reception of digital terrestrial TV (until after switchover in 2011), in addition to the East Midlands variations being available through cable and satellite but many still remain from the late 1980s and the 1990s.
Other transmitters serving Mansfield include:
Emley Moor - BBC Yorkshire & Yorkshire (West)
Sutton Coldfield - BBC Midlands & Central (West)
Bilsdale - BBC North East & Tyne Tees (South)
All three transmitters provide good signals across the town, in many cases providing superior reception to Waltham. With the correct aerial it is also possible to pick up Granada Television from Winter Hill, though the picture is usually very poor quality.
During an episode of CBBC's Dick n Dom in Da Bungalow, one of their games which consisted of sticking pictures of themselves on the backs of members of the public, was broadcast from West Gate in Mansfield.
Mansfield has a directly-elected Mayor, one of only 16 in the United Kingdom to have adopted the practice. Tony Egginton has been the Mayor of Mansfield since 17 October 2002. Much has been said of the Mayor, but an undeniable fact is that during his time in office, Mansfield has struggled with local land development and many of the projects across the region have faltered.
These include the derelict old Mansfield General Hospital site, which in 2013 was purchased at a cost of close to £2m, paid for by the local residents via their council tax payments. Despite the purchase, the Mayor and his council don't have any specific plans for the site. The old Mansfield Brewery remains as an abandoned space after demolition and the 'gateway' development of the old Mansfield Shoe Company site, after bankruptcy of the original developer Highgrange Homes Ltd, is being worked on during the summer of 2013 to finish and sell the residential apartments; the commercial (retail) ground-floor units, however, are still untouched and remain as-abandoned.
Most local residents see the Mayor as someone who is very keen on self publicity, as opposed to publicity for the town, something which is confirmed by the Mayor's love of getting his face in the media at every opportunity. This was highlighted most when he tried to associate himself with the glory of Rebecca Adlington's stunning Gold Medal wins at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Most Mansfield residents found this rather cringeworthy at least, and embarrassing at best.
Sir Alan Meale (born Joseph Alan Meale) has been the constituency (Labour) Member of Parliament since 1987. He was officially Knighted in 2012 by Prince Charles after receiving the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list From 2010 the boundaries were realigned to include areas to the north around Warsop having previously been part of neighbouring Bassetlaw constituency.
The 2005 and 2007 editions of Channel 4's programme The Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK named Mansfield as the sixth and ninth worst place to live in Britain, largely due to the poor performance of schools in the area at the time. This however has recently improved due to a large reduction in crime, massive school improvements and being known for good, quality air. It is no longer in the bottom twenty of either list.
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Neighbouring cities, towns and villages
||Sheffield, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Glapwell, Pleasley||Worksop, Shirebrook, Warsop, Mansfield Woodhouse||Gainsborough, Retford, Ollerton, Clipstone, Edwinstowe|
|Matlock, Teversal, Skegby||Rainworth, Bilsthorpe, Lincoln|
|Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Eastwood, Heanor, Derby||Ravenshead, Newstead, Hucknall, Nottingham||Blidworth, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent, Grantham|
Mansfield experiences a maritime climatic regime, as is typical for all parts of the British Isles. This results in a narrow temperature range, evenly spread rainfall, low levels of sunshine, and often breezy conditions throughout the year. The closest weather station to Mansfield for which records are available is Warsop, approximately 4 miles to the North of Mansfield town centre.
The absolute maximum temperature record for the area stands at 34.6c(94.3f), recorded in August 1990. In a typical year the warmest day should reach 28.9c(84.0f), and 12.72 days should reach 25.1c(77.2f) or higher.
The absolute minimum temperature record for the area is -19.1c(-2.4f), recorded during January 1987. 59.0 nights of the year report an air frost on average.
|Climate data for Warsop, elevation 46m, 1971-2000, extremes 1960-2005|
|Record high °C (°F)||14.4
|Average high °C (°F)||6.7
|Average low °C (°F)||0.4
|Record low °C (°F)||−19.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||56.19
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