Main Road through Rainworth
Rainworth shown within Nottinghamshire
|OS grid reference|
|District||Newark and Sherwood & Mansfield|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Mansfield and Sherwood|
To the north of Rainworth is the village of Clipstone and to the east are the villages of Bilsthorpe and Farnsfield. Mansfield lies two miles to the west. The village of Blidworth is a mile to the south. The A617 dual-carriageway bypasses the village. The roundabout at the western terminus was the starting point for the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route. The former route through the village is the B6020.
The history of Rainworth has roots in Roman times, and Rainworth lodge was built in the 12th century. Rainworth as a village was created in the early 1870s, 40 years before Rufford Colliery opened in 1911. The Colliery provided housing for approximately 400 families, and leisure facilities such as a football ground and lido (which was in disuse by the end of the war), along with the Miners Welfare. After over 80 years of service Rufford Colliery closed in 1993. The Miners Welfare remains open, and has subsequent affiliations with the local football team and bowls club. In 1951, 40 council house had been completed, located on Kirklington Road,just beyond the Python Hill School. A large housing estate was built in the 1950s,between Station Road and Warsop Lane(the Wimpey Estate) and a further estate was built beyond the original council estate on Kirklington Road, sometime after 1965. This estate was built to accommodate families relocated from mines in the North East of England - the estate became known as the Geordie Estate.
In 1975 killer Donald Neilson (the Black Panther) was caught by police officers helped by locals at the chip shop on Southwell Road East in the village.
The population for the Civil parish of Rainworth was 6,532 at the 2001 census and the population for the Mansfield 012A (Rainworth) area was 1,289, which means a combined population of 7,821.
The ethnic diversity of Rainworth 98% White British with only 153 people from an Ethnic Minority.
The Newark and Sherwood part of Rainworth is a parish in its own right the Mansfield part is unparished.
Rainworth is part of Newark and Sherwood and Mansfield councils with the border being nrar the bridge over Rainworth Water on Southwell road East, The Mansfield area is part of the Ransom Wood Ward and is represented by Labour's John Smart. The Newark and Sherwood part of has its own ward with the same name and is represented by John Bradbury, John Middleton and Linda Tift - all Labour Councillors.
The Mansfield part is part of the Mansfield constituency and the current MP is the Labour Alan Meale the Newark and Sherwood part is part of the Sherwood constituency and represented by Mark Spencer MP.
Joseph Whitaker School on Warsop Lane
Python Hill Junior & Infant school. This was an all ages to 15 school until the building of Joseph Whittaker
Heathlands school was built on a temporary basis at the start of World War I on Southwell Road East but lasted until 2004 when a replacement was built on a nearby site in the village
Dawn House, a private school for children with speech and language difficulties is also located in the village.
Lake View Primary School is attached to Joseph Whitaker School and is well respected in the local community.
Rainworth lies in the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation NHS trust area. Rainworth has its own GP's office called Rainworth Primary Care Centre. The King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield is the area's local hospital. It has an Accident and Emergency Department. Out of hours GP services are also based at King's Mill.
Culture and Recreation
Pubs in Rainworth are the Lurcher on Westbrook Drive, Sherwood Inn on Kirklington Road, The Archer on Warsop Lane and Robin Hood Inn on Southwell Road East (now a Tesco store!) near the Co-op. There are no Public Houses in the Mansfield side of Rainworth.
Across from the Tesco on Kirklington Road is "The Venue" - a snooker club in the same building that used to house the old village cinema.
Lindhurst Wind Farm
This wind farm is on Newark and Sherwood Land in the nearby parish of Lindhurst, but is built within 400m of the Mansfield District Council part of the village who had no direct say in the planning.
A waste incinerator on the site of the former Rufford Colliery was proposed in 2006 by Veolia Ltd the preferred contractor for Nottinghamshire County Council. This was met with hostile views from many local residents, concerned with the environmental impact and the increased traffic around the village.
The application was heard by Notts County Council and they approved it despite heavy local opposition, but a public enquiry was put in place.This inquiry sat in October 2009 only to be adjourned until April 2010 and yet again to September 2010 owing to the possibility there being nationally important nesting sites for nightjars and woodlark among other disputed matters.
On 27th May 2011 the Secretary of State formally turned down the planning application
Veolia then launched an appeal against the Secretary of State's decision but this was eventually withdrawn in October 2012.
The main road running through Rainworth is Southwell Road East, The A617 which opened in 2000 bypasses the village to the north, The village is served by bus routes 27, 28, 28B and 141
The nearest railway station is Mansfield.
The local paper covering the area is The Mansfield and Ashfield Chad which has a separate edition for the Sherwood area.
- OS Explorer Map 270: Sherwood Forest: (1:25 000):ISBN 0 319 24040 1
- NHS Surgeries Near Rainworth
- NHS - Find your Nearest Doctor, Optician, Pharmacy, dentist, hospital, Rainworth
- 4,700 Homes Rainworth wind farm Accepted
- http://www.p-a-in.co.uk/ p-a-in.co.uk
- http://www.chad.co.uk/news/Celebrity-botanist-backing-incinerator-fight.3669421.jp chad.co.uk
- http://www.chad.co.uk/sherwood/AUDIO-Rainworth-incinerator-plan-backed.4858907.jp?CommentPage=1&CommentPageLength=10#comments chad.co.uk
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