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Mansfield Woodhouse is a large village about 1.2 miles (2 km) north of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England, stretching alongside the main A60 road in a wide, low valley between the Rivers Maun and Meden. With a history dating back before the Roman Empire, it is still noteworthy for its stone-built centre.
Originally separate with its own urban district council, after continuous development it has become a large area within the Mansfield Urban Area. Following a change in local government structure on 1 April 1974, Mansfield Woodhouse and Warsop Urban District Councils merged with the Municipal Borough of Mansfield to form a new local government area known as Mansfield District Council. Mansfield Woodhouse's economy was traditionally based on the quarrying, mining, farming and textile industries.
The Romans had a fortress and a civilian settlement in the area (remains of a Roman villa were famously found here by Hayman Rooke in the 1780s). The area declined after the Romans left but by the 13th century, there was a growing settlement of smallholders.
On 12 September 1304, fire destroyed the village, including its timber-framed church. The town was rebuilt using local materials and the new stone-built church, Church of St Edmund, Mansfield Woodhouse, still stands.
The village recovered and by Tudor times, was home to a number of wealthy families. Farming and quarrying were the main livelihoods and Mansfield Woodhouse also prospered with the growth of the textile and hosiery trades into the 19th century.
In 1839 the designer of the Houses of Parliament, Sir Charles Barry, selected a sand-coloured magnesian limestone as the stone that would be used in its construction. This was quarried in Anston, South Yorkshire as well as in Mansfield Woodhouse.
On the road to Edwinstowe stands the Parliament Oak, which, according to legend, was once the location of a session of Parliament held by the king. There is a commemorative plaque.
During the UK miners' strike, some coal miners at nearby Sherwood Colliery on the edge of Mansfield Woodhouse continued working, a decision made with members and officials as part of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, a breakaway from the National Union of Mineworkers.[clarification needed] The pit closed in 1992. The Colliery's football and cricket teams carry on through Sherwood Colliery Football Club and Sherwood Colliery Cricket Club, with the former swimming pool that was part of the original pit head baths complex being renamed as Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in 2010.
Mansfield Woodhouse is still growing by expanding into former farmland. The town was recorded as having a population of over 18,500 according to the 2011 census.
It has a number of schools; the larger primary schools are St. Edmund's Church of England Primary School, Northfield Primary and Nursery School, Peafield Lane Primary and Nursery School, Leas Park Junior School and Nettleworth Primary and Nursery School.
The largest school is The Manor Academy; originally a grammar school (opened in 1959), it merged with Forest View Secondary Modern (opened 1956 – both at Park Hall Road) and Yorke Street Secondary Modern to form a comprehensive school, opened in September 1973. The Yorke Street building was about a mile away to the south.
After a fire in 1996, the Park Hall Road buildings were enlarged during rebuilding to incorporate the former Yorke Street facility, which was sold for housing land. Near the school is The Manor Sport and Recreation Centre, a public amenity which forms part of the school's facilities.
The Co-op in Mansfield Woodhouse closed on 10 January 2009, and was replaced by a Morrisons store on 29 June 2009. The town is being redeveloped in other areas, including replacement of the older terraced housing around Thoresby Road, near the train station and from Sherwood Street–Blake Street with new housing estates. A new police station has served the town since 2007; however, it was earmarked for possible closure in 2013, by Nottinghamshire Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
The town also has a volunteer-run newsletter called The Woodhouse Warbler, produced quarterly since late 2000, with a circulation in the thousands. It also produced a magazine collating locals' Second World War memories, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Manor Sport and Recreation Centre is a £1.9 million indoor and outdoor sports facility opened on 11 May 2002, largely funded by a £1.4 million Sport England Sports Lottery grant, with the remainder from a variety of organisations and sponsors.
From 29 September 2012 the Manor Park, adjacent to the Sports complex and entered from Kingsley Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, has regularly hosted a Park Run, an informal, timed 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) fun-run for any class of participant.
Mansfield Woodhouse is known around Nottinghamshire for its junior football clubs: Woodhouse Colts JFC and Manor 4th FC, both of which offer football to youngsters from 6 to 18.
Speedway racing, then known as dirt track racing, took place at Mansfield Woodhouse in the pioneer days of 1928.
- OS Explorer Map 270: Sherwood Forest: (1:25 000):ISBN 0 319 24040 1
- Independent Sherwood Colliery closed January 1992 Retrieved 26 May 2014
-  'Our Mansfield and Area' website administered by Mansfield District Council Museum ANNALS OF MANSFIELD – 'Timeline' "1992, 31 January. Sherwood Colliery was closed." Retrieved 31 December 2013
- Mansfield Urban Area
-  Chad, local newspaper 2 October 2007 New Woodhouse police station opens soon Retrieved 29 December 2013
- Chad, local newspaper, front page, 4 December 2013. 'Appalling' "Controversial plans to close down Mansfield Woodhouse Police Station have been branded as 'appalling' by Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale". Accessed 29 December 2013
-  Woodhouse Warbler. Retrieved 29 December 2013
-  Manor Sports Centre homepage. Retrieved 30 December 2013
-  Park Run support website and info. Retrieved 30 December 2013
-  Mansfield Parkrun website.Retrieved 30 December 2013
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