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This is the village at the heart of Sherwood Forest.It has quite a charm, despite being a tourist magnet It is also the village where I spent my teenage years, and my parents still live here, so I get to visit quite frequently.The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest and Saint Marys Church are the main attractions for visitors.The nearby Centreparcs 'holiday village' provides accomodation with activities in a forest setting.Along the High Street and Church Street (The 2 main streets for visitors) are a number of gift shops, pubs, restaurant /cafes etc. The area around the cricket pitch, has a newly opened Art & Craft centre, and an eco-friendly YHA. During the summer there's a small funfair.(it closes at the end of September/beginning of October to move to the legendery Nottingham Goose Fair) At weekends you can witness a 'village cricket match' amongst the scenery of the forest.Please visit my...
Creswell Crags is a pretty limestone gorge with a small lake. The footpath around the lake is nice and flat and a pleasant short walk on a nice day. You would need no longer than an hour to amble round. On a still day you can get some nice photos of the reflections of the cliffs on the water.Stone tools and remains of animals have been found in the caves dating them from the last Ice Age. It is apparently home to Britain's only known Ice Age rock art. The openings to the caves themselves are blocked with metal grills in order that the archaeology inside remains intact.There is an activity trail round the gorge and leaflets are available from the gift shop. There is a museum and eduction centre down a path at one end of the gorge. The car park is also located here. We did not go inside as it looked quite busy but it looked interesting.You can go on certain cave tours (a party in mining...
Eakring - Plague village connection
Dating back to the Domesday Book, St Andrews Church, Eakring is worth a visit for those interested in church architecture.The main structure of the church dates back to the 13th century- the tower is 13th century at its top, with a 15th century base. Over the centuries the church has been much restored. Of interest , William Mompesson, born in Scarborough, then working as a chaplain and curate in nearby Rufford then Wellow, was then sent to Eyam in Derbyshire, where a year after he arrived (1665) bubonic plague caused the death of over 260 villagers, including his wife.Mompesson remained in Eyam, working to halt the plague, by isolating villagers, thereby preventing spread to neighbouring villages.Remarrying, he returned to Nottinghamshire, to the parish of Eakring.Locals were afraid of contacting the plague, which led to him conducting services in a field outside Eakring, he was also...
Eakring - Oil Fields!
Eakring is an attractive North Nottinghamshire village, red roofed houses, surrounded by wide sweeping fields, and forest land.About 2 miles outside Eakring is Dukes Wood- This was the site of UK's first Commercial Oil Field! On 26/3/1939 the well was spudded, and carried on production until 1978. By 1964 it had produced 47 million barrels of oil- before North Sea Oil fields had even been drilled!Check out the website below for more info about Eakrings Oil Industry and museum
Ollerton village was originally known as Alreton or Allerton which meant Farm among the Alders! Alder trees can still be seen today lining the River Maun which flows through the village. Ollerton developed as a village due to its location, originally on the York to London Road ( now by - passed) but continues to link the Newark to Worksop and Lincoln to Mansfield roads. Inns were established to serve the stage coaches (The Hop Pole and White Hart Inns still serve food and drink and provide accommodation to travellers)Ollerton is now divided into 2 areas The old village, and New Ollerton which developed with the coal mining industry, bringing shops, housing estates and schools. Despite the closure of the pit (A Tesco supermarket now operates on the site ) and subsequent mass unemployment in the area, Ollerton still survives.Off the busy Ollerton roundabout is an area known as Forest...
Wellow - Maypole
The village of Wellow is probably most famous for its Maypole. This is the tallest permanent maypole in England, standing at 55ft high, topped by a cockral weather vane. Originally made of wood, provided by the Saville family, who resided at their Rufford Estate, the present pole was erected in 1976 and is made of steel.The Maypole stands on the village green, and each May Day is decorated with coloured ribbons, which become intertwined as local village girls and boys dance around the pole.This tradition may have originated as a celebration of the arrival of summer, and may date back to pagan times! From 12 mid day until late afternoon the festivities continue with Morris dancing, dog shows, side stalls and the crowning of the May Queen.These celebrations were common throughout villages in England, but why they have died out elsewhere and continued so strongly in Wellow is considered to...
Collecting Royal Crown Derby
Collecting Royal Crown Derby I know alot of people out there collect this stuff (my mother is an avid collector of Crown Derby pottery) so if you are interested to know, there is a visitors centre located in the city of Derby.There is a factory tour which lasts about 2 hours and includes a demonstration of how the pottery is made and also a tour of the museum. There is a web site for more information.
Historic Newstead Abbey,...
Historic Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.A great place for a picnic in the summer months. Lots of information about Lord Byron can be found here(admission charges apply for the house and gardens.)
Clumber park is 3800 acres of peaceful woods, open heath, farmland, a lovely lake and the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe. Clumber was part of Nottinghamshire's 'Dukeries', formerly home to the Dukes of Newcastle. The main house was demolished in 1938. This link shows the house as it stood on the banks of the lake. From the picture, only the church now remains which is quite amazing. Funny to think I've stood where the house would've been.....Also still surviving are the entrance gate, walled kitchen garden, glass houses and stableyard also still stands.There is a shop and restaurant and plenty of parking. If you take a dog it must be kept on a lead.The estate village of Hardwick is actually older than the park itself. It is located at the NE end of the lake.Check with the park prior to your visit for opening times as it varies. There are also occassional days when they hold big...
Marvel at the Major Oak
No-one really knows how old this grand old tree is, in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Estimates range from 800-1000 years old.Somewhere I have a photograph of me sitting inside the major Oak's hollow trunk when I was a little girl. Nowadays visitors are kept away by a fence in a bid to protect the trees roots.Legend has it that Robin Hood used to hide from his enemies inside the oak and the church where Robin married Maid Marion is located nearby.Sherwood Forest Country Park is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. Free admission although seasonal parking charges apply. There is plenty of car parking, visitor centre, shop, refreshments, toilets and walking trails.
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