Morton, Derbyshire

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Coordinates: 53°08′13″N 1°23′31″W / 53.137°N 1.392°W / 53.137; -1.392

Morton
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Village Hall, Morton
Morton is located in Derbyshire
Morton
Morton
 Morton shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK407601
District North East Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFRETON
Postcode district DE55
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Morton is a civil parish and village, three miles north of Alfreton in North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England.

History[edit]

Morton is first mentioned in the will of Wulfric Spott in 1002[1] and again mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the manors belonging to Walter D'Aincourt.[2]

Claims to be centre of England[edit]

According to the roadsigns entering Morton, the village is the geographical centre of England.[citation needed] Morton has a claim to be at the centre of England as it is midway along the longest North - South Axis (Near Berwick upon Tweed to Poole) and is also midway between the Welsh border (Close to Dodleston) and the East Coast (at Skegness). The Ordnance Survey define Fenny Drayton to be the Geographical centre of England, and Coton in the Elms to be the Farthest point from the Sea. Historically Meriden has been regarded as the centre of England for over 200 years, despite being closer to the South Coast than it is to Berwick-upon-Tweed.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derbyshireuk DerbyshireUK.net accessed 8 May 2008
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p.750 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey - MapZone
  4. ^ BBC report centre of England
  5. ^ BBC - A tale of two centres