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Ollerton is a small town in Nottinghamshire, England, on the edge of Sherwood Forest in the area known as the Dukeries. It forms part of the civil parish of Ollerton and Boughton but falls within Newark and Sherwood District Council administrative area.
Formerly a rural village with a tradition of hop-growing, from the 1920s onwards the main industry was coal mining with Ollerton expanding greatly during the 1960s and 1970s. A miner visiting from Ackton Hall Colliery, near Featherstone, West Yorkshire died at Ollerton when picketing during the miners' strike in 1984. Ollerton features in a connected song by Australian singer Darren Hayes called "A Hundred Challenging Things A Boy Can Do" on his 2007 album, This Delicate Thing We've Made.
The mine closed in 1994. Subsequently, the land around the mine was reclaimed and redeveloped as an ecologically sustainable "village" of commercial offices, including a large nearby Tesco Extra megastore.
In the old part of the original village, Ollerton Watermill was built in 1713 on the River Maun. It operated commercially producing flour until 1984. Restored in 1993, it now houses a teashop and exhibition. Ollerton Town has a local football team, Ollerton Town F.C.
Ollerton is the birthplace of Tim Flear MVO (Royal Victorian Order), career member of the British diplomatic service and a former HM Consul-General in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Flear's father was the local butcher.
There is some ambition to re-instate passenger train services to the town utilising the current freight only line from Shirebrook on the Nottingham-Worksop route.
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- BBC, Bradford and West Yorkshire, March 2009. Mining Stories - The Strike: Remembering David. Retrieved 2014-02-11
- Chad, local newspaper 13 July 2001. Tesco to create 300 jobs at Ollerton. Retrieved 2014-02-11
- Ollerton Watermill & Tea Shop Retrieved 2014-02-11
- Lambourne, Helen (22 July 2009). "New bid to extend rail link to Ollerton". Worksop Today. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
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