Shirebrook shown within Derbyshire
|Population||9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01623 (74)|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Shirebrook is a town in the Bolsover district of north-east Derbyshire on the border with Nottinghamshire, England. At the 2001 UK Census it had a population of 9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area). It is on the B6407, and close to the A632 road, between Mansfield and Bolsover.
Shirebrook is a small market town with a market square (market days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) surrounded by several shops. There is a large Cooperative food store, 3 butchers, carpet shops, 2 card shops, 2 cake shops, 2 tattooists, 2 furniture shops, 2 pet shops, 2 cafes, 3 pubs, a locksmith, a solicitors, 2 DIY stores, multiple takeaways and 3 pharmacists. Shirebrook is home to many small local businesses. Much of the growth and prosperity of the town was built around coal mining. Shirebrook Colliery opened in 1896 and closed in 1993. Like many former 'pit towns' in the area this led to high unemployment and other social problems. The former site of the colliery is being redeveloped. The former Kissingate Leisure Centre is on Park Road. It has no swimming pool, but it has an indoor five-a-side football area and a skate park. The Kissingate Leisure Centre itself was closed after being heavily damaged by fire on 7 November 2008 but reopened almost 12 months later and was taken over by Shirebrook Town Council and renamed Shirebrook Leisure Centre.
On 19 May 2008, Shirebrook featured on Tonight on ITV1. It showed various places including Sports Direct, Shirebrook Market, Empire Bingo/Cinema and also Carter Lane Social Club, The Empire has been demolished after a fire in 2011. Both the local pit fitting workshop and the Empire were used as locations for the film The Full Monty.
In 2011, planning permission was sought to build a new 30,000 sq/ft Tesco superstore on the location of flats on Portland Road.
The local secondary school is Shirebrook Academy on Common Lane is for pupils aged 11–16.
Shirebrook also has many primary schools and nurseries such as:
- Park Infant & Nursery Schools
- Park Junior School
- Stubbin Wood Special School
- Brookfield Primary School
- Model Village Primary School
Shirebrook once had three railway stations. The last remaining station was on the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS) route from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield, and was originally known as Shirebrook West, despite being on the eastern edge of the town. The route lost its passenger services in October 1964, leaving Mansfield as one of the largest towns in the UK without a station, but the line remained opened as a goods route. On the site of the goods yard a diesel locomotive fuelling depot was opened in the mid 1960s. The station was re-opened in 1998 for the new Robin Hood Line services from Nottingham to Worksop. A wagon repair and manufacturing business have a rail link with the main line.
Shirebrook North station (originally known as "Langwith Junction", until renamed in June 1924), was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway (later part of the Great Central Railway and subsequently the LNER) in March 1897 and closed in September 1955. By then only one of the four routes converging on it was left- that to Lincoln: the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line to Pleasley and Sutton-in-Ashfield had closed in September 1931; the LD&ECR line to Beighton via Clowne in September 1939, and that to Chesterfield via Bolsover in December 1951, due to the unsafe condition of Bolsover Tunnel. The filling in of the tunnel began on 10 October 1966, and used waste from Bolsover Colliery. The mouth of the old tunnel can be found on the southern edge of Scarcliffe, emerging just south of Ridgdale Road, Bolsover.
Shirebrook South station was on the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line mentioned above, opened in November 1901 and closed in September 1931.
Notable former residents
- John Hurt, born in nearby Chesterfield, lived in Shirebrook until aged five when his father was the vicar of Holy Trinity Parish Church.
- Jason Statham, Hollywood actor.
- Colin Tarrant, actor who played a number of roles including Brian Clough.
- Ray Wilson, a member of the England 1966 World Cup-winning football team.
- Mason Bennett, Derby County footballer from nearby Langwith, Derbyshire.
- OS Explorer Map 270: Sherwood Forest: (1:25 000):ISBN 0 319 24040 1
- Cupit,T., Taylor, W., (1984 2nd.Ed.) The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, Trowbridge: The Oakwood Press
- "John Hurt - Famous Derbyshire People". Peakdistrictonline.co.uk. 23 April 2012.
- "Jason Statham - Biography, Photos, News, Videos, Movie Reviews". Contactmusic.com.
- Colin Tarrant biography at IMDb
- Local information
- Fire Station
- Shirebrook Town Council
- Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Band
- Photos of Shirebrook
- Photographs of Shirebrook