Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve, Tupton
|Tupton shown within Derbyshire|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||S42 6--|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Tupton is a village and civil parish in North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England, 4.5 miles (7 km) south of Chesterfield. The population of the civil parish including Egstow and Old Tupton was at the 2011 Census 3,428. It lies just north of Clay Cross on the A61 (Derby Road) which runs from Chesterfield to Alfreton. It comprises the areas of Old Tupton and New Tupton. However, it is generally referred to as Tupton. A similarly named area, Tapton, is a few miles away, being part of Chesterfield.
The village has a primary school, and a secondary school with a sixth form. Tupton also has two general stores, post office, hair dresser, tanning studio, building supplies, tyre services, multiple garages, car repair centres, preschool nursery, two pubs, one club, a fish and chip shop, a nursing home, a coffee house and a pharmacy.
A carnival called the Tupton Carnival is a yearly event held on a Saturday in July, this was first started in 2003 and has grown in size and attendance as the years have gone on. A young lady is elected Carnival Queen and travels through the village attended by the carnival princes and princesses and followed by a procession of floats, bands and fancy dress participants. This parade ends on the Primary school field where an afternoon of fun, and live music is set up, with stalls, displays by local groups and various competitions.
Tupton has also seen new development around Ankerbold Road, which runs on the outer edge of the village, close to North Wingfield. A large, new, modern housing estate has been built around the Pond Lane proximity, as well as modern housing to the south. Tupton also has the Midland Main Line passing straight through it. At the bottom of Station New Road, there is a bridge passing over the track into North Wingfield, this was the location of Clay Cross railway station.
It is also known that Tupton has been a settlement since way back in the Anglo-Saxon times, as the historic Ryknield Street runs directly through the village. The locality was formerly known as "Topetune" and "Tuphome." Tupton is shown on the C. Smith New Map of Great Britain and Ireland in 1806 and on the first Ordnance Survey maps, Tupton Moor, Tupton Over Wood and Tupton Hall are shown.
Bombing raid of 1941
The area known as 'the Rec' once held a lido, or open-air swimming pool, the remains of which can still be seen in the stream. During the Second World War, several houses in Tupton were bombed by fleeing German aircraft. Some of these houses were on Ward Street and others are now demolished areas where the Community Garden is now located. It is known 11 people died in the raid on the morning of 15 March 1941. Despite local rumours, a large crater in the nearby woods, nicknamed "Monkey Hollow", was not caused by a bomb dropped during this raid. In fact it used to be the location of an air raid shelter for Clay Cross Works. Once the war was over; the shelter was demolished and the crater left unfilled.
People from Tupton
- Jim Hutchinson, who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire and lived to the age of 103
- The famous darts player John Lowe was born in Tupton in 1945
- Dennis Skinner M.P. attended school here
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- "The New Map of Great Britain and Ireland, Central England, 1806". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- "Ordnance Survey First Series, 82". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
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