Edwinstowe shown within Nottinghamshire
|District||Newark and Sherwood|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Edwinstowe is a large village and civil parish in the heart of Sherwood Forest, north Nottinghamshire, England, with associations to the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legends. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 5,188.
The village name meaning Edwin's resting place recalls that King (and Saint) Edwin of Northumbria's body was hidden in the church after he was killed in the Battle of Hatfield Chase, near Doncaster, probably in 633. The battle against King Penda of Mercia occurred near the present-day hamlet of Cuckney, some five miles north-west of modern Edwinstowe.
Legend has it that Robin Hood married Maid Marian in St Mary's Church. Edwinstowe's present-day popularity is due mainly to the presence near the village of the Major Oak, a feature in the folklore of Robin Hood.
The loss of the colliery, one of the last remaining and part of a national closure of the British deep-mined coal industry, has left tourism as the primary branch of the local economy.
Nottinghamshire County Council's nearby Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre is scheduled for redevelopment and improvement, with a contract awarded to RSPB, intended for completion by late 2017 at a projected cost of £5.3 million.
There was a post windmill south of the Mansfield Road with a small box-style roundhouse. It was driven by two common sails and two double-patent sails.
The two schools in the village are St Mary's Primary School and King Edwin Primary School.
The village also has a business services provider, a St John's Ambulance amenity, an antiques centre, workshops, a fun park, a youth hostel, two arts and crafts centres, a village hall, and a community pest-control centre. Leisure facilities include Thoresby Colliery Band and Youth Band, a high-wire forest adventure course, a mountain biking, cyclo cross and forest walks centre, a skate park, a forest fun park, and an outdoor adventure park,.
Edwinstowe currently has four pubs: the Black Swan, the Hammer and Wedge, the Manvers and the Royal Oak. Another, Ye Olde Jug and Glass, recently closed. Other catering facilities include the Edwinstowe Bistro Restaurant, the Cottage Tea Rooms, and Launay's Restaurant.
Environmental concerns are addressed at the Maun Valley Project Conservation Area.
The village is served by twice-hourly daytime Monday-Saturday bus services to Mansfield and Ollerton, six buses Monday-Saturday to Worksop, and one bus Monday-Friday to Nottingham. Services run twice a week to Newark and once a week to Lincoln.
- King Edwin of Northumbria gave his name to the village.
- The legendary Robin Hood is said to have married Maid Marian here.
- E. Cobham Brewer (1810–1897), lexicographer, died at the vicarage, where his son-in-law was the incumbent.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistice. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Edwinstowe History". Edwinstowe Parish Council. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- "Place: Edwinstowe". Domesday Book. Open Domesday. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery closes after 90 years", BBC News (Nottingham), 10 July 2015, retrieved 2015-12-30
- Sherwood Forest Country Park Nottinghamshire County Council, Retrieved 30 December 2015
- RSPB chosen to build Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest visitor centre, BBC News (Nottingham) 12 August 2015, Retrieved 30 December 2015
- Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest Village Retrieved 30 December 2015
- Centre Parcs history Retrieved 30 December 2015
- Go Ape, retrieved 05.12.08
- The Adrenalin Jungle, retrieved 05.12.08
- Distance calculator Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- Notts bus times Retrieved 26 June 2016.
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- Edwinstowe Parish Council, residents' and visitors' site
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