Temple Normanton

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Temple Normanton
James the Apostle, Temple Normanton - 250017.jpg
St James the Apostle Church, Temple Normanton.
Temple Normanton is located in Derbyshire
Temple Normanton
Temple Normanton
Temple Normanton shown within Derbyshire
Population 490 (2011)
OS grid reference SK415675
Civil parish
  • Temple Normanton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district S42 5
Dialling code 01246
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′11″N 1°22′40″W / 53.2031°N 1.3778°W / 53.2031; -1.3778Coordinates: 53°12′11″N 1°22′40″W / 53.2031°N 1.3778°W / 53.2031; -1.3778

Temple Normanton is a village and a civil parish in Derbyshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 490.[1] It is in the North East Derbyshire district of the county.

The village sits on a prominent hill top three miles (5 km) south of Chesterfield. It is composed of two villages formerly known as North Normanton and Little Normanton. It is close to the villages of Heath, Holmewood, Grassmoor and the civil parish of Sutton-cum-Duckmanton. The Chesterfield suburb of Hasland is close by.

The Manor of Normanton at the time of the Domesday Survey was in the hands of the King. Later, it passed to the Order of the Knights Templar from whom it derived its prefix 'Temple'.

When the Knights Templar were dissolved in the early 14th century, the land and property of the village passed to the Order of the Hospital of St. John at Yeaveley Preceptory.[2] Later, Henry VIII charged the Order of St. John with disloyalty, and it was dissolved. The village then passed to the hands of the crown.

In 1846, Robert Arkwright was Lord of the Manor and principal owner. At the time the village had 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land, 29 houses and 132 inhabitants.

In the Borough Library at Derby is held a parchment roll comprising 70 sheets stitched together. This records the proceedings of the Manor Court of Temple Normanton from 1447 to 1518. John Babbington is mentioned as a Knight of St. John, and many of the roads listed in the roll are still traceable on present day Ordnance Survey maps.

Early in the industrial age the area became known for coal mining, with numerous collieries located in the vicinity. These included the massive Bonds Main Colliery which lasted from 1896 to 1949. The Chesterfield loop of the Great Central Railway also ran through the area, opened in June 1892. A Bonds Main Platform was provided for mine workers, but the nearest public station was located at Grassmoor and this closed in October 1940, the line itself closing to passenger traffic in March 1963. Sections remained for a while serving the various collieries but as these closed so the line disappeared completely.

Modern Temple Normanton includes a primary school, a church, a cemetery and an MOT garage, but no shops. There are also regular buses to Chesterfield, Alfreton, Mansfield and Nottingham.

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Page (ed.), William (1907). House of the Knights Hospitallers: The Preceptory of Yeaveley and Barrow. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2. Victoria County History. pp. 75–77. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Temple Normanton at Wikimedia Commons

Official parish website: http://www.templenormanton.org.uk/