Pinxton

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Coordinates: 53°07′41″N 1°18′04″W / 53.1280°N 1.3012°W / 53.1280; -1.3012

Pinxton
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Pinxton wharf
Pinxton is located in Derbyshire
Pinxton
Pinxton
 Pinxton shown within Derbyshire
Population 7,500 
OS grid reference SK467592
District Bolsover
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Nottingham
Postcode district NG16
Dialling code 01773
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Bolsover
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Pinxton is a village on the eastern boundary of Derbyshire in the Bolsover district, England.

In Anglo-Saxon times it was a small agricultural community, thought to have been recorded in the Domesday Book as "Esnotrewic." It is also thought that it was known as "Snodeswic," given by Wulfric Spott to Burton Abbey. In Norman times, along with a number of other manors, it was under the control of William Peveril, for whom it was held by Drogo fitz Pons. It is thought that he renamed the manor "Ponceston" and it gradually changed to Penekeston and then to Pinxton.

The church[edit]

The church in 1733 as drawn by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

The church of St Helen dates from medieval times, possibly built on the site of a previous small castle. Much of it was rebuilt in 1790 reusing the original materials, and only the west tower and west end of the old church remains. By 1890, it was so dilapidated that most of the services were held in the mission room. In following century it was repaired and a new porch and north aisle were added in 1939.

Coal[edit]

Since 1800 BC, coal had been extracted in the area. In 1794 the Cromford Canal encouraged this trade. By the beginning of the next century there were a number of deep coal mines. Trade increased with the growth of the industrial revolution. There were also four lime kilns and a china works producing quality ware. Pinxton's prosperity increased further as the terminus, in 1819, of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway opened.

From the profits of his colliery at Pinxton, D'Ewes Coke (1747-1811) of Brookhill Hall, a clergyman colliery master, founded a local school and an educational charity.

Coal is no longer mined at Pinxton. The collieries and coking ovens have been replaced by an industrial estate, and the old colliery village has all but disappeared.

Television and radio reception[edit]

The village is in an area which can pick up the television signals of East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

FM radio stations covering the village include: Capital East Midlands; Peak FM; Mansfield 103.2 FM; BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Nottingham.

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