Mansfield is in Nottinghamshire, England. The town is surrounded by a pocket of steep hills within the Maun Valley, and has a population of 67,885, with the entire population of Mansfield district being 98,181
Mansfield is thought to date back at least to Roman times, with coins from those times having been found there, as well as a villa. Later the early English royalty are said to have stayed there, the Mercian Kings having used it as a base for hunting in the nearby Sherwood Forest.
Mansfield has a large market square and around the market a large commercial centre including a museum, the Palace Theatre and numerous pubs, bars and night clubs. It has also a new indoor market which is nearing completion.
Mansfield was originally the home of Mansfield Brewery, once the largest independent brewer in the UK. The brewery was acquired by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries for £253m in October 1999, with production of the Mansfield range of ales moving to other parts of the country. The brewery’s assets were later sold to Pubmaster Ltd and the former site of the brewery is due for redevelopment.
In the 1980s, Mansfield Bitter was advertised with a photograph of then US president Ronald Reagan and the tagline “He may be president of the most powerful nation on Earth but he’s never had a pint of Mansfield”; “Not much matches Mansfield” was also used. The Coal Authority is based in the town.
Mansfield has many retail outlets and the Four Seasons Shopping Centre contains many of the UK’s national stores.
The television presenter Adam Kingswood (from BBC TV’s The Truth About Property), Richard Bacon and professional golfers Oliver Wilson and Greg Owen come from Mansfield. The singer Alvin Stardust lived there as a child. Radio, Television and West End actor Stephen Critchlow was raised and schooled in Mansfield and pianist John Ogdon was born in the suburb of Mansfield Woodhouse in 1937. Mark Holmes, lead singer of the Canadian New Wave/stadium rock group Platinum Blonde, was born and partly raised there.
Mansfield is also the home of the Cantamus Girls Choir, World Choir Olympics champions. As well as this it also features a thriving music scene with many promising up and coming young artists.
Rebecca Adlington – 2008 Olympic swimming gold medallist at 400 m and 800m freestyle, the latter in a new world record time was born in Mansfield and her family still live in the town. Sam Hynd – Paralympics Gold medallist 400 m freestyle and Bronze medallist in the 200 m Individual Medley is also from Mansfield.
The ancestral home of Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey, is located not far away in Ravenshead.
Robert Dodsley – Playwright, Poet and bookseller. Wrote The King and The Miller of Mansfield and its sequel, Sir John Cockle, both of which appeared at Drury Lane in 1736 and 1737 respectively. William Martin, naturalist, was born in Mansfield in 1767.
Buses in Mansfield are primarily operated by Stagecoach, with Trent Barton, K&H Doyles and National Express also operating in the area. All the operators are investing in transport, with leather seats and air con now becoming a familiar sight. Planning permission has been given to develop a new bus station on the station road car park which is estimated to cost £7 million. The bus station, built in 1977, handles around 1,500 buses and 16,000 passenger arrivals a day. The new bus station is an attempt for redevelopment of the old bus station site to enhance Mansfield town centre and to regenerate the whole of the Stockwell Gate area.
The town is the northern terminus of the A38, which runs from Bodmin in Cornwall and is the longest ‘A’ road entirely within England. Mansfield can be reached in around 10 min from junctions 27, 28 and 29 of the M1 and is around 18 mi from the A1 at neighbouring Newark-on-Trent.
Mansfield railway station is a stop on the Robin Hood Line, a rail link connecting the town with Nottingham and Worksop. Before the introduction of the Robin Hood Line in the 1990s, Mansfield was the largest town in Britain without a railway station, all the more remarkable because the town pioneered the railway in the East Midlands.
Mansfield is home to Mansfield Town F.C., known as the Stags. They were relegated to the Conference National after 77 years in the Football League at the end of the 2007–08 season. The team’s traditional rival is the nearby town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. The rivalry between the two clubs is considered among the fiercest in the lower leagues.
Mansfield Giants are Mansfield’s Premier Basketball Club, and have a 3 star Accreditation and Club Mark from the English Sports Council. Giants play in the England Basketball (EB2)
Mansfield is one of the three outlets of the Nottinghamshire County Council Swim Squad, who compete as Nova Centurion. The Sherwood Swimming Baths in Mansfield Woodhouse were refurbished and re-opened in 2009 as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.
The Palace Theatre is located on Leeming Street and is the town’s primary entertainment venues. Built as a cinema in 1910, it was originally known as the Palace Electric Theatre and was later adapted to a proscenium arch theatre presenting live shows. It has also been known as the Civic Hall and Civic Theatre before the current name was revived in the 1990s. With a seating capacity of 534, the theatre is a mid scale touring venue presenting a programme of both professional and amateur productions.
Mansfield Museum is situated alongside the Palace Theatre on Leeming Street. The museum has won a number of awards in recent years.
Just a few miles outside of Mansfield lies Sherwood Forest. Mansfield had an Oak Tree and a plaque to mark what was the centre of Sherwood Forest on West Gate. Now the trees have been taken down and a giant metallic feather has replaced them as a marker.
Every year between the months of June & August, Mansfield District Council hosts an event called Summer in the Streets. This festival consists of various public events held all over the town over many days, such as children’s entertainment, fairground rides in the market square, hands on workshops for things like crafts & circus skills. The highlight of the festival is an event held in the town’s Titchfield Park, called ‘Party in the Park’. This hosts a wide range of entertainment, such as live music acts by local bands, performances from local dance groups and activities such as face painting.
Mansfield has a large cinema run by Odeon Cinemas. The theatre screens most new release films, and hosts special days for children, older people and the hearing/visually impaired.
Mansfield has two local papers. The local weekly newspaper is the Chad (formerly Chronicle Advertiser) and since 2014 the News Journal a monthly paper that only features good news. Mansfield is also home to one radio station; Mansfield 103.2 broadcast from the Fishpond Hill transmitting station on Skegby Lane which also broadcasts Mansfield versions of the Nottingham stations BBC Radio Nottingham and Capital FM on 95.5 and 96.5 FM respectively.
Television reception in Mansfield however is a different story. Television reception has often been poor due to the location of the town being between regions. Historically Mansfield has been part of the BBC North and Yorkshire Television region. Residents can now watch BBC East Midlands which is the default region for this area and appears on channel 101. Channel 103 is still showing ITV Yorkshire East. Notts TV launched in 2015 provides more local coverage of the county.
While Yorkshire Television’s news programme “Calendar” still covers Mansfield, BBC Look North has for many years refused to cover the town, insisting that Mansfield belongs in the BBC East Midlands region (though few homes get acceptable terrestrial reception of BBC East Midlands). This was highlighted when the celebrations for Rebecca Aldington’s success at the Beijing Olympics, although recorded by East Midlands Today, were shown on both East Midlands Today and Look North so that all Mansfield residents could see them.
Mansfield is notable for being one of just 17 cities and towns in the United Kingdom with a directly-elected Mayor. Tony Egginton was the Mayor from October 2002 until 2015 when he retired and Kate Allsop was elected. Mansfield’s Executive Mayor has been an Independent politician since 2002 and is elected by the people to serve four year terms of office.
Alan Meale (born Joseph Alan Meale) now Sir Alan Meale, was the Labour constituent Member of Parliament from 1987 until May 2017. Prior to that he had been a member of the Socialist Campaign Group. Conservative candidate Ben Bradley was elected by a narrow majority in May 2017.
Mansfield is twinned with:
- Mansfield, Ohio, United States
- Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
- Heiligenhaus, Germany
- Reutov, Russia
- Stryi, Ukraine
Mansfield experiences a maritime climatic regime, as is typical for all parts of the British Isles. This results in a narrow temperature range, evenly spread rainfall, low levels of sunshine, and often breezy conditions throughout the year. The closest weather station to Mansfield for which records are available is Warsop, approximately 4 miles to the North of Mansfield town centre.
The absolute maximum temperature record for the area stands at 34.6c(94.3f), recorded in August 1990. In a typical year the warmest day should reach 28.9c(84.0f), and 12.72 days should reach 25.1c(77.2f) or higher.
The absolute minimum temperature record for the area is -19.1c(-2.4f), recorded during January 1987. 59.0 nights of the year report an air frost on average.
Rainfall averages 634mm annually, with 113 days reporting in excess of 1mm of rain. All averages refer to the observation period 1971-2000.
May 2012 Get Together in Mansfield, England
In May 2012 Mansfield, England again hosted people from other Mansfield’s during a week long celebration that united once more all those with the common bond that has become so special to all those who have taken part in the Mansfield Experience.
Visitors from six Mansfield’s around the world came to Mansfield, England for a week long exchange and enjoyed a hectic schedule of visits to places of interest in and around Mansfield.
To see the May 2012 weeks itinerary click here
To see the May 2012 weeks photo montage created in DVD format from hosts and visitors personal photos who spent a week in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in May 2012. The full itinerary is reflected day by day as the week unfolds. Never to be forgotten. Thanks to Don Mackenzie and his wife Jane for sorting through thousands of photos and editing them to create this unique record of an amazing week click here or the short version click here
Official site for Mansfied District Council
Mansfield Rotary Club
The Old Mansfield Society
Weather Forecast for Mansfield UK
Miss Mansfield & Sherwood Forest
Mansfield & Ashfield Echo
Mansfield News Journal