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A windmill conversion off Fordbridge Lane
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South Normanton is a village and civil parish in the Bolsover District of Derbyshire, England. The population at the 2011 Census (including Upper Birchwood) was 9,445. An ex-mining village, it is located two miles east of Alfreton and is approximately 510 feet above sea level at one of its highest points, near St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church near the middle of town. The historic industries of the village were agriculture, stocking, spinning and mining. Normanton means 'the farm of the north men' or 'Northwegans'. It was a purely agricultural settlement but added tanning as a secondary industry during medieval times, using the bark of the oak and birch, both plentiful in the area. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the main industries were framework knitting and mining. The knitters, or shiners as they were known from the state of their trouser seats after a 14-hour day sitting at their machines, tended to live in certain areas, around the Dog Pool, along Water Lane and particularly up the narrow alleys around the Old Market place. South Normanton Colliery closed in 1952, B Winning in 1964 and A Winning in 1969. Carnfield Hall was for several centuries the seat of the Revel family. The hall contains a varied collection of antique furniture, porcelain and glass, family portraits and much more. It is now a family home shown to the public by the present owners. The township also includes the housing estate of Broadmeadows although the housing estate is divided between the parishes of South Normanton and Pinxton. South Normanton is also home to the East Midlands Designer Outlet.
Before 1888 South Normanton was a small hamlet concerned with farming activities. There were very few buildings in the area and only a small track road leading to the settlement.
Around 1888 the only houses that were there were a few cottages around the church of St Michael, on the hilltop in South Normanton Centre and the Windmill. The church was also there of course. All the settlement and buildings at this point were clustered around the main road along the roadsides of what is now Church Street and Market Street (a linear settlement). There were farming fields around the arched shaped village.
Around 1921 the village began its main industry of mining. Many people moved in from the surrounding countryside to work in the mines. The wages they earned were better than the crops that they grew in the fields as security so they came to the village in their hundreds. Many terraced houses were built to accommodate them. These were small and cheap housing for the poor people that came, the streets around Peel Street, South Street and Albert Street. More houses were built on Berristow Lane and Carter Lane East. At this time there was one infant school called Hamlet Lane School. The population of the village grew dramatically. Notice on the 1921 map that the 'hamlet' remains.
Around 1957 the government and councils of Britain were concerned about the lot of poor people in the country and began a house building programme to improve the housing. In South Normanton New Street and Hilcote Street were built (new street shows up on the 1880 to 1888 map of south normanton and hilcote st shows up on the 1900 map along with half of downing street) along with King Street and other such areas. Schools were built to educate the children of the villagers and shops sprang up to serve the community. At the same time some houses were beginning to spring up along the main roads of Market Street and Mansfield Road. The schools included; Glebe Junior School, New Street Secondary School, Green Infant School and Brigg Infant School. In the period after the Second World War the council built an estate to give some of the residents of South Normanton the chance to rent very high quality housing. This was known as council housing. The streets in South Normanton that were built were along Lansbury Drive. The secondary school (Frederick Gent School) was built in 1959 also helped cater for the growing population.
After the 1980s there had been a huge infilling around South Normanton. The areas of Broadmeadows, Rippon Homes and newer housing areas were built. These were higher cost housing for the private market. Major roads had also been built including the M1 motorway creating easier access to the village and surrounding area for car owners. The East Midlands Designer Outlet (owned by McArthurGlen Group) is located near the edge of the settlement close to the M1.
Broadmeadows is a newly built housing estate partly in South Normanton. The estate is built on the borders of the parishes of South Normanton and Pinxton. The first named street on the Broadmeadows estate was The Broadlands. Property number 1 was named by the Smith family as 'Broadlands' prior to numbering of the new street. With the addition of 'The Broadlands' the street name was duly adopted by the parish council shortly thereafter.
The village has some sporting facilities. The village is home to South Normanton Athletic F.C.. The village also has many Sunday and Saturday teams like Carnfield F.C. It also has a Grassroots Football Charter Standard Club – South Normanton Colts Football Club, which caters for Under 7s to under 17s, and has a Mini Colts soccer skills group (www.sncfc.co.uk). It also hosts the South Normanton School of Boxing which caters for all ages from 10 up. It also has a cricket team south normanton cricket club which was formed in 1990.
The village has also had a few footballers who went onto play professionally, such as; Lee Holmes (formerly of Derby County), Jordan Smith (Nottingham Forest) and Chris Martin (formerly of Nottingham Forest and Port Vale).
There are three professional footballers, currently playing in the football league.
South Normanton is also home to South Normanton Cycling Club most commonly known as 'SNCC'.
- Jedediah Strutt (1726–1797) was born here.
- Percy Toplis (1896 – 1920) was born here. Famous as the inspiration for The Monocled Mutineer
- Prof Thomas Malcolm Charlton (1923–1997) was born here.
- Footballer Lee Holmes grew up in South Normanton.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Moxley, Neil (1 November 2007). "The history boys: Bostock's bow brings it all back to Holmes". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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