Mansfield Road looking towards The Green.
|Population||6,615 (Ward 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Hasland is a suburb in the south-east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. Hasland is located South of Spital, East of Birdholme and North of Grassmoor. Hasland is a ward of the Borough of Chesterfield. The ward population at the 2011 Census was 6,615. The A617 (Hasland By-Pass) links Hasland, along with Chesterfield, to the M1. Historically a village, with many local residents continuing to refer to it as a village, it expanded greatly during the 20th century and now merges with Chesterfield itself.
The expansion of Hasland has created a dense array of shops and services, including: a theatre, three schools, two churches, two medical centres and a couple of industrial estates.
In 1913, Alderman Eastwood (Mayor of Chesterfield, 1905–1908) donated the park to the public in memory of his late father. The Deputy Mayor, Ald. C.P. Markham, showed enormous gratitude in accepting the gift: "Hasland is now set up for all time. It has got a very wide street and Ald. Eastwood has finished it off by giving one of the most handsome parks there will be in this part of the world". The first condition on donating the park was that it should be called "Hasland Park", however Eastwood later accepted the council's decision to name the park "Eastwood Park".
Eastwood Park was closed for over 6 months in September 2012, as part of a major restoration project. Chesterfield Borough Council received £1.07m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributed a further £201,000. The original four-week closure was extended following complications in planning and construction work, partially due to flooding during early 2013. The restoration project includes improvements to the Hasland Village Hall and fountain, modernisation of play areas, a new sports pavilion and a new multi-use games area. The council also announced plans to rename the park to Eastwood Park, a Queen Elizabeth II Field, as part of the legacy of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Mansfield Road, towards the South-East of Hasland, is home to a row of convenience and specialist shops. These include: a Post Office, petrol station, sweet shop, fish bar, Co-op, greengrocer, florist, bookmakers, and a computer repair shop. Because of the diversity of shops on Mansfield Road, there is little demand for shops elsewhere in Hasland and you can walk to Chesterfield town centre in no time at all.
Mansfield Road is currently at the centre of controversy regarding a newly installed set of traffic lights. Following a serious incident in March 2013 and the effect on parking and many local businesses, Derbyshire County Council are to replace the traffic lights in favour of a mini roundabout. Many local residents have commented that the installation of traffic lights was completely useless, as the previous round-a-bout system was perfectly adequate.
The Methodist Church was founded in a cottage on Chapel Lane East in 1831 and moved to its present site (on Hampton Street) in 1901.
St Paul's Church, Hasland is an Anglican church, the parish church of Hasland, and was built in 1850 in the south of Hasland. Before this church was built, most people were baptised, married and buried at Church of St. Mary and All Saints (also an Anglican church) in Chesterfield town centre.
There are three schools in Hasland, providing education for pupils aged 4–16. There is no sixth form in Hasland, however students normally continue their education at the nearby Chesterfield College or a local sixth form.
Hasland Infant School is situated on Eyre Street East and opened in 1904. The Infant School has recently added an extra block of buildings, and is now bigger, with a newer nursery part of the school. Hasland Junior School is situated on The Green, and Hasland Hall Community School (the secondary school) is on Broomfield Avenue.
Hasland Junior School is a medium-sized school, catering for about 400 pupils. Before the opening of the new building in September 2007, the school occupied a large split site separated by a busy road, and there was a great deal of movement between the two sites. The new site is now located on the same side of the road as Hasland Hall Community School. The foundation stone of the original school was laid in 1864.
Hasland Hall Community School is situated on Broomfield Avenue. It currently caters for around 880 students. The building of 5 new classrooms has recently been completed. These opened in September 2006, and are currently the languages block for the school.
Scouts and Guides
Hasland has a thriving Scout group consisting of a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack, a Scout Troop, two Rainbow Units, three Brownie Packs and two Guide Groups. 1st Hasland meet weekly at the Youth Centre (near Hasland Hall). The Scouts, Cubs and Guides participate in the Annual Remembrance Service, held in Eastwood Park and the St. Georges Day parade in the town centre. In addition to the popular annual Christmas Fayre in Eastwood Park, the Scout Group has also hosted a Summer Fayre in 2010, raising around £1,000 for the group.
Notable residents Hasland include:
- George Green (1880–1940), cricketer.
- Richard Suttle (1928–2010), cricketer.
- William Edwin Harvey (1852–1914), MP.
- John Wagstaffe (1633–1677), writer.
- Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (1954–2015), drummer from Motorhead and buried at Hasland Cemetery
- Dr John Iball FRSE (1907-1993) physicist
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