Mansfield is a market town in Nottinghamshire, England, the main town in the District of Mansfield and Mansfield Urban Area. Nestling in the Maun Valley surrounded by hills, it lies 12 miles (19 km) north of Nottingham in a largely urban district, most of whose 106,556 population live in Mansfield (including Mansfield Woodhouse), with Market Warsop a secondary centre. It is adjacent to the urban area of Sutton-in-Ashfield. Mansfield is the only major sub-regional centre in the county, covering an area of 30 square miles (78 sq km). It is the county's one local authority area directly to elect its Mayor. The district has been influenced by its industrial past of coal mining and textiles, which thrived into the 1990s. Today's Mansfield has 20.2 per cent (12,890) of its working-age population seeking key out-of-work benefits (based on a 63,800 total working age population, NOMIS). The population has fallen over the last century along with this industrial base, despite some diversification.
Mansfield Market Place with the Bentinck Memorial in the centre and the old Moot Hall behind to the left
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Settlement in the Mansfield area is known to date back to Roman times, with a villa discovered in 1787 by a Major Rooke between Mansfield Woodhouse and Pleasley and a cache of denarii coins found near King's Mill in 1849. After the end of Roman occupation, the early English royalty are said to have stayed there, with the Mercian Kings having used it as a base for hunting in the nearby Sherwood Forest.
The Domesday Book compiled in 1086 has the settlement recorded as Mammesfeld whereas in later market-petition documents of 1227 the spelling had changed to Maunnesfeld. By the time King Richard II signed a warrant in November 1377 granting the right for tenants to hold a four-day fair every year, the spelling had changed again to Mannesfeld.
There are remains of the 12th-century King John's Palace, in Clipstone, between Mansfield and Edwinstowe, in an area that was a retreat for royal families and dignitaries in the 14th and 15th centuries, for its location in Sherwood Forest and famed fresh air and exclusiveness. Access to the town was via a small horse-drawn carriageway from the city of Nottingham, was en route to Sheffield.
On West Gate within the town centre, a commemorative wall plaque marks the point that was thought to be the centre of Sherwood Forest 2013. A tree has been planted nearby.
Access to the town between the 16th and 17th centuries was via several inns and stable yards. The Harte, the Swan (which has a 1490 dating stone, found during alterations), the Talbot, the White Bear, the Ram (with timber from before 1500) and the White Lion were known to date from medieval times. Several timber-framed cruck buildings were demolished in 1929 and another in 1973 which was documented by a local historical society during its demolition and was dated at around 1400 or earlier. Other Tudor houses in Stockwell Gate, Bridge Street and Lime Tree Place were also demolished to make way for developments before they could be viewed for being listed properties. The majority of buildings remaining are from the 17th century onwards.
Like most of the UK, Mansfield experiences a Temperate oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb). This brings in a narrow temperature range, an even spread of rainfall, low levels of sunshine, and often breezy conditions throughout the year. The closest weather station to Mansfield for which records are available is the Warsop, located in Meden Vale, about seven miles to the north.
The absolute maximum temperature record for the area stands at 34.6 °C (94.3 °F), recorded in August 1990. In a typical year the warmest day should reach 28.9 °C (84.0 °F), and 12.72 days should reach 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or higher.
The absolute minimum temperature record for the area is −19.1 °C (−2.4 °F), recorded during January 1987; there is air frost on an average of 59 nights a year.
On 6 April 2010 a town-centre Business Improvement District (BID) was established with offices based in the old Town Hall in the Market Place, financed by a 2 per cent additional levy on the rateable value of nearby businesses.
The Mansfield BID operates to a five-year business plan with a rolling yearly operational plan. Before the end of its tenure in 2015, over 560 shops and other town centre businesses were canvassed in late 2014 to vote on the first continuation period, dubbed a BID Ballot. Mansfield District Council as an electoral services provider contracted out this procedure at a projected cost to council tax payers of £8,000. A 55 per cent turnout participated in the ballot with 77 per cent vote to continue the BID for a further five years.
The BID provides additional services (above the baseline statutory services provided by the council) and delivery of projects to enhance the town centre as a shopping destination, including enabling events to attract visitors and raise awareness, additional security for the town centre including management of persistent offender banning orders and improvement of shop frontages.
Records show the first yearly income to have been £294,697, with an operating surplus of £151,610 over expenses.
One of BID's achievements during 2012 to 2013 was a crowd-funded town centre Wi-Fi internet installation costing £37,000 and completed by June 2013, using an extensive network of AP nodes requiring potential users to register before free use is enabled, with a dedicated optional BID local information "App" for Android and iPhone available for download. The intention was to encourage shoppers and visitors alike to linger in the town centre for longer than previously, to offer internet access to small businesses, and to provide market traders with a means of accepting non-cash payments.
In 2011, several shopkeepers complained that BID was "not doing enough to boost town trade."
In 2012, Mansfield Constituency Labour Party criticised BID for receiving the best part of a million pounds in its first three years of operations, with little to show for the money.
Concerned at the decline of town-centre shops and an under-used main market square, Mansfield's MP Sir Alan Meale in November 2013 issued a 50-point blueprint intended to reverse the decline. Sir Alan again contacted the paper in February 2014 since no aspects of his report had been acted upon and that the council's Queen's Place development had not been let to tenants since the official completion ceremony in November 2013.
In August 2014, the council announced its first tenants at the 2.4 million pound development, offering two retail areas and six offices – three staffing agencies and a cafe/takeaway. On top of undisclosed rental, businesses will need to pay business rates, VAT, a service charge on communal areas and a 2 per cent levy on its rateable value to Mansfield BID. In contrast, the council proposes to allow Mansfield BID, if voted in for continuation from 2015, to use nearby office accommodation "free of charge... which is estimated as an in-kind contribution equivalent to £4,000 per annum."
In September 2014, Sir Alan Meale MP again criticised the council for its spending on a new-build, when other council-owned properties were run down, and for ignoring his 50-point plan. He urged the council to abandon its office complex in Chesterfield Road in favour of the underused Town Hall. It then emerged that only the cafe was a new business; the office tenants in Queen's Place were simply moving in from nearby premises. In late 2015, the second of the two ground-floor units, empty for two years since completion in 2013, was occupied by an ice-cream parlour.
Other traditional key stores and a coffee chain had been in West Gate since 2011, along with existing similar cafés. The 2008 economic crisis led to several shops closing, bringing an increase in the number of homeless seeking shelter in the empty doorways. However, the rate of property vacancy is less than 11 per cent. There are still some independent town-centre shops and other small family businesses.
Rosemary Centre, a pedestrianised area just off the town centre, has a covered parade of shops, and a little further away, three outdoor retail parks, two with adjacent branded fast-food outlets. There are also extensive supermarket developments being made by four of the five major food retailers, along with discounters and small convenience stores.
Mansfield is a market town with a 700-year-old market tradition, the Royal Charter being issued in 1227. The present market square was created after much demolition after the Improvement Act of 1823. In the centre there is the Bentinck Memorial, built in 1849 to commemorate Lord George Bentinck (1802–1848), son of the William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, a major local landowner.
A smaller nearby area called Buttercross Market in West Gate, the site of the original cattle market, has a centrepiece of local stone dating from the 16th century and is nowadays heavily covered with stalls. Adjacent is Mansfield Library, officially opened by the Queen in 1977 and refurbished for 2012. The old Carnegie Library, founded in 1905 in Leeming Street, was used from 1976 as an arts and performance centre.
Mansfield was originally the home of Mansfield Brewery, once the largest independent brewer in the United Kingdom. The brewery was acquired by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries for £253 million in October 1999, with production of the Mansfield range of ales moving to other parts of the country. Its assets were later sold to Pubmaster Ltd and the site remains available for redevelopment. In the 1980s, Mansfield Bitter was advertised with a photograph of then US President Ronald Reagan and the tagline: He might 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.
Mansfield had an old-established soft-drinks manufacturer, R. L. Jones with brand names of Sunecta and Mandora, acquired by Mansfield Brewery in 1977. A move to a modern factory at Bellamy Road in 1975 released land destined for a high-density housing development known as Layton Burroughs.. Mansfield Brewery sold the business in 1988 to the Scottish drinks company A. G. Barr plc, producer of Irn-Bru, Tizer and Mandora for £21.5 million. At that time the company employed 400 people. Production ceased in January 2011 when A. G. Barr closed the factory and transferred production to its other sites. The brewery production buildings were demolished in late 2008, but five years later, the site still remained unsold. The older ornate office buildings were saved and house a learning centre.
Many of the areas adjacent to the town and its surrounding countryside still bear the marks of the vibrant district coal mining history. For most of the 20th century, mining was one of Mansfield's main industries. A notably violent scene of the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) occurred in Mansfield on May Day 1984. The majority of the area's miners had voted against a strike, but the local branch of the union initially maintained that the strike was official, to show "solidarity" with strikers in other areas. Having been granted an extra day of leave after the bank holiday by the Coal Board, a group of working miners confronted union officials and violence broke out with striking miners. Mansfield later became the headquarters of a breakaway union, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, which recruited many who opposed the 1984–1985 strike.
The head stocks which stand close to the village of Clipstone are considered an important landmark to the people of the area, and community groups are trying to preserve these as a reminder of the area's once busy mining history. As demand for coal fell, Mansfield's many pits wound down and miners moved into other types of employment.
Mining subsidence has caused some problems with properties around Mansfield. A few of the streets in and around the town are long rows of terraced houses, reminiscent of the affordable housing provided for mine workers in the height of the industry. Many of these were demolished in 2012, in places such as Pleasley Hill and Market Warsop. The Coal Authority is based in the town.
Several urban regeneration projects were planned for Mansfield, denoted by large-scale demolition, all of which have been deferred due to the economic crash starting in 2008 and subsequent cuts in funding from UK Central Government, necessitating continual and escalating austerity measures. Mansfield District Council had promoted two new developments from 2008, firstly Arrival Square – an office-block adjacent to the rail station, tenanted by Probation Service – and nearby, completed and officially opened by the Mayor Tony Egginton in late 2013, Queen's Place costing the council £2.4 million, offering two new ground-floor retail units and six offices in Queen Street between the new transport interchange and the market square.
In February 2014, the town's MP, Sir Alan Meale criticised the council for failing to find tenants before the completion and opening. Although it received a local-government award in July 2014, Queen's Place remained empty.
In late 2015, restoration works to the historic Town Hall were completed. These had chiefly concerning the roof and other external structures, at a cost of £550,000. The Mansfield BID staff, and other council staff, moved elsewhere for the duration of the repairs. Despite the outlay, Mansfield District Council had no plans for future use of the large building.
Reconstruction of the nearby King's Mill Hospital, part of which was completed by 2009, is near to the MARR road (Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route) which opened in 2004, a bypass round the town designed to reduce through-flow traffic and improve public access by connecting the A617 at Pleasley to the A617 at Rainworth.
In 2009 Mansfield made a bid for city status, incorporating redevelopment plans for retail, residential and leisure facilities with road improvements, which are gradually being undertaken.
Mansfield railway station is a stop on the Robin Hood Line, a rail link connecting the town with Nottingham and Worksop. From 1964 until the reopening of the line in 1995, Mansfield was by some definitions the largest town in Britain without a railway station, which was all the more remarkable because the town had pioneered the railway in the East Midlands. From 1973 to 1995 the nearby station at Alfreton was named "Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway" to encourage its use as a railhead for Mansfield. A Sunday rail service was restored to Mansfield in December 2008 – the town having been one of the largest on the rail network without one.
The town was originally the terminus of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, built as a horse-drawn plateway in 1819 and one of the first acquisitions of the newly formed Midland Railway. The Midland used the final section to extend its new Leen Valley line to the present station in 1849.
The Midland Railway extended its Rolleston Junction–Southwell branch to Mansfield in 1871, continued the line north of Mansfield to Worksop in 1875, opened a link from Mansfield Woodhouse to Westhouses and Blackwell in 1886, and completed another link from Pleasley through Bolsover to Barrow Hill in 1890. Mansfield had become a railway centre of some importance, but it was a Midland Railway centre.
The Midland Railway monopoly was broken by the locally promoted Mansfield Railway between Kirkby South Junction and Clipstone Junctions opened in stages between 1913 and 1916 for goods trains and in 1917 for Nottingham–Ollerton passenger trains, calling at a second Mansfield passenger station. Although nominally independent, the Mansfield Railway connected with the Great Central Railway at both ends and trains were worked by the Great Central.
Thus Mansfield had two railway stations: Mansfield Town, the former Midland station on Station Road, near Belvedere Street and Mansfield Central, the former Mansfield Railway station on Great Central Road, near Ratcliffe Gate. Central station lost its scheduled passenger services at the beginning of 1956 and Town station closed to passengers in 1964, leaving Mansfield without any passenger trains until the Robin Hood line restored the service in 1995.
A tram service was operated between 1905 and 1932 by Mansfield & District Light Railways.
Buses in Mansfield are primarily operated by Stagecoach, with Trent Barton and National Express also operating in the area. Planning permission was given to develop a new bus station on the former Station Road car park which was expected to cost £7 million. The old bus station, built in 1977, handled around 1,500 buses and 16,000 passenger arrivals a day, making it the busiest in the county, but with an outdated design and appearance, and poor outdoor waiting facilities.
There were good pedestrian links to the pedestrianised town-centre shopping streets, but the rail station was a few hundred yards' walk away. The new bus station addressed this problem, but has proved unpopular with shopkeepers near to the old facility, with several claiming substantial reductions in trade.
The new bus station and transport interchange opened on 31 March 2013 in the choice location on a former car park close to the railway station; it is part of a regeneration scheme known as the "Gateway To Mansfield", giving visitors to the town a clean and tidy first impression, including buildings with a "themed" use of local sandstone. The scheme was implemented to improve facilities for locals, boost visitors to the town and help boost the local economy.
The new bus station increased passenger safety, additionally providing a more welcoming scene for visitors arriving by bus, and has been hailed as a successful enhancement to Mansfield town centre. Improvements have included a fully enclosed waiting area, automatic doors for comfort, fume reduction and safety, a tourist information centre, electronic bus and rail departure information, toilets and baby changing facilities. A tower with lift and stairs to an elevated walkway connects to the adjacent rail station.
Mansfield town centre is situated in a "bowl", a depression in the River Maun valley from which the town name is derived (Old English – Maunesfeld). A town centre ring-road was created with the old five main roads radiating out: the A60 to the North and South, the A617 to the East and West, and the A38 running to the South-West. An inner ring-road runs one-way around the town's shopping centre, enabling access to car parking and the major roads.
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 15 minutes from junctions 27, 28 and 29 of the M1 and is around 18 miles from the A1 at neighbouring Newark-on-Trent.
Mansfield is served by two stations, the most central being Mansfield railway station in the town centre, together with Mansfield Woodhouse railway station in nearby Mansfield Woodhouse. Both are on the same line and are each served hourly towards Worksop, twice an hour to Nottingham, alongside a service from Nottingham which terminates at Mansfield Woodhouse, which operates hourly.
On Sundays, Mansfield Woodhouse railway station is the terminus of the line, no services travel beyond to Worksop. Overall, Mansfield is served by one service an hour calling at Mansfield and terminating at Mansfield Woodhouse, alongside an hourly service from both stations to Nottingham station. For passengers wishing to travel to Worksop (only, all intermediate stations being closed on Sundays) must do so by changing at Nottingham for Sheffield and at Sheffield for Lincoln, leaving at Worksop.
Mansfield is home to Mansfield Town FC, known as the Stags. This was relegated to the Conference National after 77 years in the Football League at the end of the 2007–2008 season, but returned to the Football League after winning the 2012–2013 Conference National title. Non-League club AFC Mansfield plays in the Forest Town area of Mansfield.
Mansfield Rugby Club is a rugby union club based at Eakring Road and currently plays in Midlands 1 East, a sixth-tier league in the English rugby union system. It won the Notts Cup for five years in succession and for a record 18 times.
The annual half marathon held for more than 30 years was cancelled after 2011 due to escalating costs, after changes to Health and Safety legislation meant professional services were needed to address road-closure measures, instead of the traditional volunteers. Mansfield local business networking group 2020 had hoped to restore a race by September 2014, but this event, reduced in length to 10 kilometres, was postponed, initially until spring 2015, and took place in August.
Angling is well supported in the Mansfield district, where ponds remain from the former textile milling industry.
Tennis is catered for by Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club located at the same site since 1883, with four grass courts and five asphalt courts, three of which are floodlit. Further hard-surface courts are spread throughout the district at six different Mansfield District Council park locations.
One major issue for local residents is Mansfield's lack of a central Leisure Centre. Mansfield District Council decided it would rubber stamp the sale of the existing Leisure Centre and extensive public car park to Tesco, which opened a large Tesco Extra store in 2007. The Council asserted that this would be replaced by a brand new Leisure Centre, but nothing has been built or is planned. It received over £5m from Tesco for the Leisure Centre site, but decided to spend this on refurbishing Sherwood Baths instead of replacing the Leisure Centre.
Mansfield has two indoor swimming centres and a third, smaller pool attached to a school which has been under threat of closure since 2011. This gives it the largest square meterage of indoor water-sports facilities per capita of any town in the United Kingdom with less than 100,000 inhabitants.
Mansfield is the largest British town not to have a municipal squash court in the whole of its district, following the demolition of the former Leisure Centre. The general public still hold this against the Council, as the previous Leisure Centre, paid for by the district's council tax payers, has now gone, seemingly for good. Tesco built another store on the town's outskirts approximately two miles away, demolishing the multi-sports hall and function venue and rebuilding or improving the previous gym, which had been refurbished only a few years earlier.
Despite many so far unfulfilled promises by the town's Mayor, the lack of a central Leisure Centre is seen as a contributing factor to the proportion of clinically obese residents in the town: over 15 percentage points above the national average.
Mansfield is one of the three outlets of the Nottinghamshire County Council Swim Squad, which competes as Nova Centurion. The Sherwood Swimming Baths adjacent to the former Sherwood Colliery was refurbished and opened in January 2010 as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. The 25-metre pool was widened at the expense of losing the tiered public seating and has a new, small, endless stroke-improvement training pool with variable-resistance water flow. The complex uses a ground-source heat pump backed by a biomass boiler burning wood pellets prepared from waste by a local wood yard, to reduce its carbon footprint.
At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a Mansfield contestant, Rebecca Adlington, won two gold medals, for 400 and 800-metre freestyle swimming. After her record-breaking success, Adlington was welcomed home to Mansfield by thousands of people lining the streets to applaud as she passed in an open top bus. This culminated in an appearance at the old Town Hall in the Market Square. Her success immediately boosted swimming interest in the area, leading to expansion of swimming classes to encourage young people to begin swimming. At the 2012 Olympic Games held in London and surrounding venues, Adlington won two Bronze medals again for 400 and 800 metres, the best performance of a generally disappointing Team GB swimming squad. Adlington retired from competitive swimming in February 2012.
Mansfield has a Water Meadows swimming complex, which opened during the Christmas holidays of 1990. It is situated at Bath Street, on the site of the former Mansfield Baths and defunct cattle market, and hosts a gym and a soft-play area for children with an adjoining café, alongside two swimming pools and a small teaching pool. The leisure lagoon pool has a popular wave machine operating periodically, giving swimmers the experience of waves, similar to floating in an ocean. It also has a slide and a shallow "beach" area. Water Meadows is popular both with family groups and as a school swimming facility, using the 25-metre competition pool and teaching pool, with many schools from surrounding areas making regular use of the facilities.
Of Mansfield's many parks and green spaces, Titchfield Park, on the same site as the Water Meadows swimming complex, offers large grassy areas on both sides of the river Maun, crossed by two foot bridges. The park has a bowls green, hard tennis courts, a basketball court, a children's play area, and many flowerbeds.
Fisher Lane Park, located nearby, stretches from the top of Littleworth through to Rock Hill. It is popular with dog walkers, kite flyers and skaters, as Mansfield District Council installed a concrete skate plaza, causing some controversy with local people.
However, the skate plaza has proved popular with local young people. During the summer months, some rides and stalls for local children are set up in the park.
Carr Bank Park, also close to the town, has a rocky grotto, a bandstand and summer flower beds. It has a war memorial built of local sandstone, dedicated to soldiers killed in action since the end of the Second World War, to compliment the original setting unveiled after the First War in 1921.
The main cemetery and adjacent crematorium occupy on a 10-acre site accessed from Derby Road, on the southern edge of town near to the boundary with Ashfield District Council. They share a car park. In late 2015, Mansfield District Council recognised the need for additional spaces and planning consent was obtained. The older part of the cemetery, fronting Nottingham Road and Forest Hill (the old Derby Road) has on-street parking. Site access by foot can be difficult due to the steep slope.
The cemetery was opened in 1857 due to insufficient church graveyard space, the mid-to-late Victorian population growth and several then-new churches built with little or no dedicated graveyard areas. A 10-acre extension was made in 1898. The adjacent Mansfield and District Crematorium, having two chapels seating 35 and up to 80, was established in 1960. and is a shared responsibility between Mansfield District Council, Ashfield District Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The Palace Theatre in Leeming Street is the town's prime entertainment venue. Built as a cinema in 1910 and originally known as the Palace Electric Theatre, it was adapted as a theatre with a proscenium arch, presenting live shows. It was known as the Civic Hall and Civic Theatre before the current name was revived in 1995. With a seating capacity of 534, the theatre is a mid-scale touring venue presenting a programme of both professional and amateur productions, and a yearly pantomime.
Mansfield Museum, alongside the Palace Theatre in Leeming Street, opened in 1904. and has been based on its present site since 1938. With free entry, it won the Guardian Family-friendly Museum of the Year Award in 2011.
The Old Library near the town centre houses a recording studio, meeting room and 100-seat Studio Theatre. Mansfield also has a large multiplex cinema on a new retail and entertainment park outside of the town centre. The previous ABC town-centre cinema was used as a snooker centre until closure in 2012, but late in 2013 it was converted into a church.
Mansfield Superbowl, a 28-lane bowling alley with hospitality, opened in 1991. Facing closure in 2014, it was sold and underwent refurbishment in 2015.
The Intake, a live-music venue in Kirkland Avenue, closed in 2016. The Town Mill – a former waterside mill on the banks of the River Maun at the edge of the town centre – was converted into a pub and live music venue in 2002, but closed in 2010, citing the smoking ban, rising beer prices and recession among its reasons for failure.
Just a few miles outside of Mansfield lies Sherwood Forest. Mansfield had an oak tree and a plaque in West Gate to mark what was the centre of Sherwood Forest. Now the tree has been felled and a giant metallic feather has replaced it as a marker. Some residents of the town feel this is an eyesore, and the feather sculpture has been plagued by health and safety problems.
Every year between June and August, Mansfield District Council hosts a Summer in the Streets festival. This consists of various public events held all across the town over many days, such as children's entertainment, fairground rides in the market square, and hands-on workshops for things like crafts and circus skills.
The highlight of the festival is a final event held in Titchfield Park, called Party in the Park. Its wide range of entertainment includes live music acts by local bands, performances from local dance groups, and activities such as face painting. For 2012 and 2013, this culminating event was cancelled for austerity reasons.
On 21 August 2010 the various summer entertainment arranged by Mansfield District Council included the popular Irish boy band Westlife, in a live concert at Field Mill stadium, home to the town's football team, the Stags. This was the first big-name act to visit the town.
The local newspapers are the Chad (formerly the Chronicle Advertiser) and the Mansfield and Ashfield News Journal, a community newspaper. Mansfield's radio station, Mansfield 103.2, broadcasts from Fishpond Hill in Skegby Lane, from a transmitter that also broadcasts Mansfield versions of Nottingham stations Radio Nottingham and Capital FM, on 95.5 and 96.5 FM respectively. DAB broadcasts from Fishpond Hill began on 21 July 2006 with the NOW Nottingham multiplex. Subsequently the Digital One and BBC National muxes were also added (during 2006 and 2007).
Television reception in Mansfield is often poor due to its location on the edges between regions. Historically, Mansfield has been part of the BBC North and Yorkshire Television regions. Between 1965 and 1974, some homes in Mansfield even received Anglia Television.
Since the 1995 arrival of Diamond Cable (latterly ntl, then finally Virgin Media), BBC East Midlands and ITV Central East has been provided, and since regionalisation of SKY digital, many residents now receive BBC East Midlands and ITV Central, which are the default channels for this area and appear on channels 101 and 103.
Mansfield receives its television signals from various transmitters: Waltham from East Midlands, Emley Moor from South and West Yorkshire, and Belmont from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This meant that the celebrations for Rebecca Adlington's success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, though covered officially by East Midlands Today, could be shown on both East Midlands Today and Look North, so that all the Mansfield area could watch.
Mansfield has a directly elected Mayor, one of only 16 in the United Kingdom to have adopted the practice. Tony Egginton was the Mayor of Mansfield from October 2002 until retirement in May 2015, being replaced at the scheduled elections by a fellow candidate standing for the Mansfield Independent Forum political party, Kate Allsop. Much was said of the first Executive Mayor, but during his time in office, Mansfield struggled with local land development and many of the projects across the region faltered.
These include the derelict Mansfield General Hospital site, which in 2013 was purchased for £1.8 million, paid for by the local residents via their council tax payments, and with further anticipated demolition costs of £940,000. Despite the purchase, the Mayor and his council have no specific plans for the site. The old Mansfield Brewery remains as an abandoned space after demolition.
The gateway redevelopment of the old Mansfield Shoe Company site, after the failure of the original developer, Highgrange Homes Ltd, was being worked on in 2013 and 2014 to finish and sell the residential apartments. The ground-floor units intended for retail sales have been externally closed with large windows and access doorways, but remain unlet.
A council town-centre office/retail development on the site of the old Queen's Head pub, costing £2.4 million, was opened by the Mayor, Tony Egginton, in November 2013. The council was criticised in February 2014 by the town's M.P. Sir Alan Meale for failing to find tenants before the completion and opening. The building remained empty at the time of receiving a local-government award in July 2014.
The Mayor (in office 2002–2015) was criticised by some councillors and residents for placing too much focus on self-publicity, as opposed to publicity for the town. The issue was raised again after his prominent role in Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington's homecoming ceremony following her Gold Medal successes at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.
The 2005 and 2007 editions of Channel 4's programme The Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK named Mansfield as the sixth and ninth worst place to live in Britain, largely due to the poor performance of schools in the area at the time. This has recently improved due to a large reduction in crime, massive school improvements, and being known for good quality air. It is no longer in the bottom twenty of either list.
In June 2014, husband and wife Christopher and Susan Edwards were jailed after being found guilty of the murder of the woman's parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, whose bodies lay undiscovered for 15 years, buried in the victims' back garden in the town. The couple had stolen thousands of pounds, siphoned off the Wycherleys' pensions and sold their house, amounting to nearly £300,000. The bodies were found last October after the Edwards gave themselves up, after spending a year in France knowing the DWP were intending to interview Mr Wycherley, who would have been approaching his 100th birthday. Susan Edwards, a former librarian, had written Christmas cards and letters to relatives telling them her parents were travelling in Ireland "because of the good air" and had told neighbours they were in Blackpool or Morecambe. The Edwards were later sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 25 years for the murders, together with 9-year sentences for disposing of the bodies and theft, to be served concurrently.
On 30 May 2015, 13-year old Amber Peat went missing from home after returning from a family holiday. On 2 June her body was found in an area off Westfield Lane, Mansfield, within the same general area as her home less than a mile away, and on 3 June it was confirmed that the cause of her death was hanging. An inquest was held at Nottingham Council House in February 2019, with the assistant-Coroner recording a narrative verdict.
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Field Mill, currently known as One Call Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football ground in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, and the home of Mansfield Town Football Club.It is the oldest ground in the Football League, hosting football since 1861, although some reports date it back as far as 1850. The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 when fully open, but due to safety restrictions, it currently holds 9,186 The stadium once hosted a pop concert under the previous owner, Keith Haslam, but the sale included a clause preventing use for non-sports events until 2032.Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jane Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American film, theater, and television actress. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol during the 1950s and early 1960s, while under contract at 20th Century Fox. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.
Although Mansfield's film career was short-lived, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Her other major movie performances were in The Girl Can't Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960). In the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963), she became the first major American actress starring in a Hollywood motion picture to have a nude scene.
Mansfield took her professional name from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield. She was married and divorced three times and had five children. Mansfield was allegedly intimately involved with numerous men, including Robert and John F. Kennedy, her attorney Samuel S. Brody, and Las Vegas entertainer Nelson Sardelli. On June 29, 1967, she died in an automobile collision in Eastern New Orleans at the age of 34.Katherine Mansfield
Kathleen Mansfield Murry (née Beauchamp; 14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a prominent New Zealand modernist short-story writer and poet who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. At the age of 19, she left New Zealand and settled in England, where she became a friend of writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Mansfield was diagnosed with extrapulmonary tuberculosis in 1917; the disease claimed her life at the age of 34.Mansfield, Connecticut
Mansfield is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 26,543 at the 2010 census.
Mansfield was incorporated in October 1702 from the Town of Windham, in Hartford County. The community was named after Major Moses Mansfield, the original owner of the town site. When Windham County was formed on 12 May 1726, Mansfield then became part of that county. A century later, at a town meeting on 3 April 1826, selectmen voted to ask the General Assembly to annex Mansfield to Tolland County. That occurred the following year.
The town of Mansfield contains the community of Storrs, which is home to the main campus of the University of Connecticut and the associated Connecticut Repertory Theatre.Mansfield, Massachusetts
Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town population is 23,184. Mansfield is in the south-southwest suburbs of Boston and is also close to Providence, Rhode Island. The village of Mansfield Center is located in the town. The town is twinned with Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England.Mansfield, Ohio
Mansfield is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Ohio, United States. Located midway between Columbus and Cleveland via Interstate 71, it is part of Northeast Ohio and North-central Ohio regions in the western foothills of the Allegheny Plateau. The city lies approximately 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Columbus, 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Cleveland and 91 miles (146 km) southeast of Toledo.
The city was founded in 1808 on a fork of the Mohican River in a hilly region surrounded by fertile farmlands, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location with numerous railroad lines. After the decline of heavy manufacturing, the city's economy has since diversified into a service economy, including retailing, education, and healthcare sectors. The 2010 Census showed that the city had a total population of 47,821, making it Ohio's nineteenth largest city. The city anchors the Mansfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which had a population of 124,475 residents in 2010, while the Mansfield–Bucyrus, OH Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had 221,398 residents.Mansfield's official nickname is "The Fun Center of Ohio". It is the largest city in the Mid-Ohio region of the state, the north-central region which is generally considered to extend from Marion, Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties in the south, to the Firelands area south of Sandusky in the north. Mansfield is also known as the "Carousel Capital of Ohio," "Danger City," "The Queen of Ohio," and "Racing Capital of Ohio".
Anchored by the Richland Carousel District, downtown Mansfield is home to a number of attractions and arts venues. Concert events in the downtown Brickyard venue have drawn crowds numbering over 5,000 people. Mansfield, in partnership with local and national partners, is addressing blight and economic stagnation in the city center. The Renaissance Performing Arts Association at home in the historic Renaissance Theatre annually presents and produces Broadway-style productions, classical music, comedy, arts education programs, concerts, lectures, and family events to more than 50,000 people. The Renaissance Performing Arts is home of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Downtown is also home to two ballet companies, NEOS Ballet Theatre and Richland Academy Dance Ensemble who both perform and offer community dance opportunities in downtown. Mid-Ohio Opera offers performances of full opera and smaller concerts.Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield is a suburban city in the U.S. state of Texas, and is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. The city is located mostly in Tarrant county, with small parts in Ellis and Johnson counties. Its location is almost equidistant to Dallas and Fort Worth, and is adjacent to Arlington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,368, up from 28,031 in 2000. The estimated population in 2018 was 69,340.CNN/Money Magazine ranked Mansfield at #17 in 2014 in its annual "Best Places To Live" list. Mansfield has been in that list in the recent past: in 2007, 2009, and 2012, ranking it 83rd, 24th, and 30th, respectively. It is currently the 15th most affluent location in all of Texas.Mansfield College, Oxford
Mansfield College, Oxford is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. As of February 2018, the college comprises 231 undergraduates, 158 graduates, 34 visiting students and 67 fellows and academics.Mansfield Town F.C.
Mansfield Town Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed 'The Stags', they play in a royal blue and amber kit. Since 1919, Mansfield have played at Field Mill, which is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 9,186. Their main rivals are Chesterfield and Notts County.
The club was formed in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans and entered the Mansfield & District Amateur League in 1902, before changing its name to Mansfield Wesley and joining the Notts & District League in 1906. They then finally became Mansfield Town in 1910, and moved from the Notts & Derbyshire League to the Central Alliance the following year. Crowned Alliance champions in 1919–20, they joined the Midland League in 1921 and would win this league on three occasions – 1923–24, 1924–25 and 1928–29 – before they were admitted into the Football League in 1931. They were relegated out of the Third Division in 1960, but won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1962–63, remaining in the third tier for nine seasons until their relegation in 1972. They reached the Second Division for the first time after winning the Fourth Division title in 1974–75 and the Third Division title in 1976–77, only to suffer two relegations in three seasons.
Promoted out of the Fourth Division under the stewardship of Ian Greaves in 1985–86, they went on to win the Football League Trophy in 1986–87. Mansfield were however relegated in 1991 and promoted again in 1991–92, only to suffer an immediate relegation the following season. They won promotion once again in 2001–02, but were relegated to League Two in 2003 and lost their Football League status with a further relegation in 2008. They spent four seasons in the Conference until they were promoted back into the Football League after winning the Conference in 2012–13 following investment from new club owner John Radford.Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a small public university in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. It is one of the fourteen state universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and numerous national professional organizations. Mansfield University's total enrollment is 2,198 students.Mansfield school desegregation incident
The Mansfield school desegregation incident is a 1956 event in the Civil Rights Movement in Mansfield, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.
In 1956, the Mansfield Independent School District was segregated and still sent its black children to separate, run down facilities, despite the Brown v. Board of Education court decision in 1954. Three students brought a suit with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It became the first school district in the state ordered by a federal court to desegregate. The school board approved the measure and allowed Mansfield High School to desegregate. Although other districts in Texas desegregated quietly that fall, the mayor and police chief of Mansfield did not approve of this measure. When school started on August 30 of 1956, they joined over 300 whites in front of Mansfield High School. Their goal was to prevent the enrollment of the three black students. The town turned into complete turmoil as 3 black effigies were hanged as part of the demonstration.Texas Governor Allan Shivers supported the protests, and even dispatched Texas Rangers to prevent integration. He then authorized the Mansfield Independent School District to send its black students to Fort Worth, Texas. By doing this the school district had effectively ignored a federal court order for integration.After the transfer of the black students to Fort Worth, the demonstrations soon ended and order was restored. It was this success that in 1957 inspired Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus to attempt a similar ordeal in Little Rock, Arkansas. Later that year, Texas passed more segregation laws that delayed integration even further.
Facing the lack of federal funds, the Mansfield Independent School District quietly desegregated in 1965. The decade long defiance of a federal school integration order was one of the longest in the nation during that period.Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress known for her role as New York Police Department Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. For her role on the show, Hargitay has received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe.
The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women and men who have been sexually abused.Mayor of Mansfield
The Mayor of Mansfield is the executive mayor of the district of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England. A new appointment was created following moves made by a Mansfield-based businessman to change the governance of Mansfield after a public referendum.Andy Abrahams was elected on 3 May 2019 by two votes from sitting incumbent Kate Allsop after two recounts of the second-preference votes.The incumbent from 2002 to May, 2015 was Tony Egginton, succeeded by his fellow Mansfield Independent Forum party member Kate Allsop, who stood against Egginton in 2002 as a Conservative.
From the 2015 booklet issued to all households having registered voters:
An elected Mayor is different to a ceremonial Mayor or Leader of the council as they are elected by the people of Mansfield district.
It is the job of the Mayor to represent the council and its residents, make key decisions on policies, services and how the council spends its money.
The Mayor is supported by a Cabinet of councillors who help him or her develop and implement these policies.Mike Mansfield
Michael Joseph Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was an American politician and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Representative (1943–1953) and a U.S. Senator (1953–1977) from Montana. He was the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, serving from 1961–1977. During his tenure, he shepherded Great Society programs through the Senate and strongly opposed the Vietnam War.
Born in Brooklyn, Mansfield grew up in Great Falls, Montana. He lied about his age to serve in the United States Navy during World War I. After the war, he became a professor of history and political science at the University of Montana. He won election to the House of Representatives and served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs during World War II.
In 1952, he defeated incumbent Republican Senator Zales Ecton to take a seat in the Senate. Mansfield served as Senate Majority Whip from 1957 to 1961. Mansfield ascended to Senate Majority Leader after Lyndon B. Johnson resigned from the Senate to become vice president. He opposed escalation of the Vietnam War and supported President Richard Nixon's plans to withdraw U.S. soldiers from Southeast Asia.
After retiring from the Senate, Mansfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1977 to 1988. Upon retiring as ambassador, he was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mansfield is the longest-serving American ambassador to Japan in history. After his ambassadorship, Mansfield served for a time as a senior adviser on East Asian affairs to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment banking firm.Mount Mansfield
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont with a summit that peaks at 4,395 feet (1,340 m) above sea level. The summit is located within the town of Underhill in Chittenden County; the ridgeline, including some secondary peaks, extends into the town of Stowe in Lamoille County, and the mountain's flanks also reach into the town of Cambridge.When viewed from the east or west, this mountain has the appearance of a (quite elongated) human profile, with distinct forehead, nose, lips, chin, and Adam's apple. These features are most distinct when viewed from the east; unlike most human faces, the chin is the highest point.Mount Mansfield is one of three spots in Vermont where true alpine tundra survives from the Ice Ages. A few acres exist on Camel's Hump and Mount Abraham nearby and to the south, but Mount Mansfield's summit still holds about 200 acres (81 ha). In 1980, Mount Mansfield Natural Area was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.Located in Mount Mansfield State Forest, the mountain is used for various recreational and commercial purposes. "The Nose" is home to transmitter towers for a number of regional radio and TV stations. There are many hiking trails, including the Long Trail, which traverses the main ridgeline. In addition, the east flank of the mountain is used by the Stowe Mountain Resort for winter skiing. A popular tourist activity is to take the toll road (about 4 miles (6.4 km), steep, mostly unpaved, with several hairpin turns) from the Stowe Base Lodge to "The Nose" and hike along the ridge to "The Chin."National Register of Historic Places listings in Richland County, Ohio
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Richland County, Ohio.
This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Richland County, Ohio, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.There are 66 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. Another 2 properties were once listed but have been removed.
This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 14, 2019.Storrs, Connecticut
Storrs is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Mansfield within eastern Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 15,344 at the 2010 census. It is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of the main campus of the University of Connecticut and the associated Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
Storrs was named after Charles and Augustus Storrs, two brothers who founded the University of Connecticut (originally called the Storrs Agricultural College) by giving the land (170 acres (0.69 km2)) and $6,000 in 1881In the aftermath of September 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Storrs was named by Slate as "America's Best Place to Avoid Death Due to Natural Disaster."William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, PC, SL (2 March 1705 – 20 March 1793) was a British barrister, politician and judge noted for his reform of English law. Born to Scottish nobility, he was educated in Perth, Scotland, before moving to London at the age of 13 to take up a place at Westminster School. He was accepted into Christ Church, Oxford, in May 1723, and graduated four years later. Returning to London from Oxford, he was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn on 23 November 1730, and quickly gained a reputation as an excellent barrister.
He became involved in politics in 1742, beginning with his election as a Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge, and appointment as Solicitor General. In the absence of a strong Attorney General, he became the main spokesman for the government in the House of Commons, and was noted for his "great powers of eloquence" and described as "beyond comparison the best speaker" in the House of Commons. With the promotion of Sir Dudley Ryder to Lord Chief Justice in 1754, he became Attorney General, and when Ryder unexpectedly died several months later, he took his place as Chief Justice.
The most powerful British jurist of the century, his decisions reflected the Age of Enlightenment and moved England on the path to abolishing slavery and the slave trade. He advanced commercial law in ways that helped establish the nation as the world leader in industry, finance and trade. He modernised both English law and the English courts system; he sped up the system for submitting motions and reformed the way judgments were given to reduce time and expense for the parties. For his work in Carter v Boehm and Pillans v Van Mierop, he has been called the founder of English commercial law. He is perhaps best known for his judgment in Somersett's Case (1772), where he held that slavery had no basis in common law and had never been established by positive law (legislation) in England, and therefore was not binding law (although this did not end slave trafficking altogether).Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts)
The Xfinity Center (originally the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts and commonly Great Woods) is an outdoor amphitheatre located in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The venue opened during the summer of 1986 with a capacity of 12,000. It was expanded after 2000 to 19,900; 7,000 reserved seats, 7,000 lawn seats and 5,900 general admission seats. The season for the venue is typically from mid May until late September. In 2010, it was named Top Grossing Amphitheater by Billboard.
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