Markham Moor

Markham Moor is a village which lies five miles south of the town of Retford in Nottinghamshire. The appropriate civil parish is called West Markham and had a population of 170 at the 2011 census.[1] Markham Moor lies on the junction between the A1, A638 and A57 roads. The village was on the route of the old Great North Road and was also traditionally part of the East Markham parish.[2]

Markham Moor
Markham Moor is located in Nottinghamshire
Markham Moor
Markham Moor
Location within Nottinghamshire
OS grid referenceSK715735
Civil parish
  • West Markham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRETFORD
Postcode districtDN22
Dialling code01777
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament

Markham Moor junction

Markham Moor has a junction in the middle of the village which links the A1 between London and Edinburgh, the A638 to Retford and the A57 to Lincoln. Previously, this junction was a simple roundabout, but as part of junction improvements by the Highways Agency between Blyth in Nottinghamshire and Peterborough, the junction changed to the current two level junction, with one roundabout at the north end for the A57 and A638, and another roundabout on the south side for the B1164 Great North Road to Tuxford. Both roundabouts are connected by a flyover.[3]

A public inquiry was launched into the improvements in 2006 after a number of objections, the majority from the nearby village of Elkesley. The objectors were concerned with the timing of the improvements and increased traffic flow on the A1 which bypasses Elkesley.[4] The upgraded junction was completed in October 2008.

Service area

Sam Scorer, Little Chef - - 173949
The former Markham Moor Little Chef

Markham Moor junction has a number of companies providing services for travellers travelling along the major trunk roads which meet at the Markham Moor junction, including McDonald's, a Travelodge, a historic hotel on the route of the old Great North Road and a truck stop. The services also held a Little Chef café, which was originally constructed as a petrol station and converted to a Little Chef in 1989 but now disused. Due to its unusual hyperbolic paraboloid shell roof, constructed in 1960–61 to designs by architect Hugh Segar (Sam) Scorer and structural engineer Dr Hajnal-Kónyi, there was a preservation campaign in 2004 to get the building listed to prevent it from being demolished as part of the Markham Moor junction improvement plans published by the Highways Agency.[5] The plans were revised to save and improve access to the restaurant.[6] The shell canopy was designated Grade II listed on 27 March 2012.[7] It remains unused.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Place: East Markham Nottinghamshire". A Vision of Britain through time. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Markham Moor Junction Improvement". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Public inquiry into A1 proposals". BBC News. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  5. ^ Wainwright, Martin (5 January 2004). "Preservation bid for innovative 1950s motorway café". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  6. ^ "A1 Peterborough to Blyth Junction Improvements – Markham Moor Preferred Route. Statement of the Secretary of State's decision following Public Consultation" (PDF). Highways Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1402678)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 May 2012.

External links

Media related to Markham Moor at Wikimedia Commons

1961 in architecture

The year 1961 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.

A1 road (Great Britain)

The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK, at 410 miles (660 km). It connects London, the capital of England, with Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It passes through or near North London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Baldock, Letchworth Garden City, Huntingdon, Peterborough, Stamford, Grantham, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Doncaster, York, Ripon, Darlington, Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed.It was designated by the Ministry of Transport in 1921, and for much of its route it followed various branches of the historic Great North Road, the main deviation being between Boroughbridge and Darlington. The course of the A1 has changed where towns or villages have been bypassed, and where new alignments have taken a slightly different route. Several sections of the route have been upgraded to motorway standard and designated A1(M). Between the M25 (near London) and the A696 (near Newcastle upon Tyne) the road has been designated as part of the unsigned Euroroute E15 from Inverness to Algeciras.

A57 road

The A57 is a major road in England. It runs east from Liverpool to Lincoln, via Warrington, Cadishead, Irlam, Patricroft, Eccles, Salford and Manchester, then through the Pennines over the Snake Pass (between the high moorlands of Bleaklow and Kinder Scout), around the Ladybower Reservoir, through Sheffield and past Worksop. Within Manchester a short stretch becomes the A57(M) motorway (the Mancunian Way).

The 3-mile (4.8 km) £4 million Aston relief road in Sheffield opened in mid-1985, with the old route now designated as the B6200.

A638 road

The A638 is a main road in England that runs between the A1 at Markham Moor in Nottinghamshire and Chain Bar Junction 26 of the M62 motorway south of Bradford in West Yorkshire.

It passes through Retford, Bawtry, Doncaster, Ackworth, Crofton, Nostell, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton.

Bassetlaw District

Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England, with a population of 114,143 according to the mid-2014 estimate by the Office for National Statistics. The borough is predominantly rural, with two towns: Worksop, site of the borough council offices, and Retford. The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Worksop and East Retford and most of Worksop Rural District and most of East Retford Rural District. It is named after the historic Bassetlaw wapentake of Nottinghamshire.

The district council is now a non-constituent partner member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

East Markham

East Markham, historically also known as Great Markham, is a small village and civil parish near Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 Census was 1,160. It lies about 8 km south of Retford. It is sandwiched between the East Coast Main Line (to the east), the A1 to the west and A57 to the north.

It has a sister village, West Markham, which is smaller and on the other side of the road (old A1-B1164) between Tuxford and Markham Moor. To the south is Tuxford. East Markham has a Church of St. John the Baptist[1], village hall, a charity playgroup and a primary school. The Post Office closed in 1994 and the village store closed in 2011. There is one remaining village pub the Queens Hotel on High Street (the former A57). The second pub theCrown Inn closed down in approx. 2012 and was sold to developers who have turned it into a residential property. East Markham also features a playgroup, Poppins Pre-School, and a primary school East Markham, who in 2018 got the best SATs Scores in the county. If anyone wants to send their child to East Markham Primary, then they'll do extremely well in life. This is the notorious trouble maker Isaac Smith, Signing out.

Gamston, Bassetlaw

Gamston is a village and civil parish four miles south of Retford in the English county of Nottinghamshire. The village lies on the A638 road between Retford and the Markham Moor junction with the A1 and the A57 roads. The population of the civil parish as at the 2011 Census was 246. The River Idle lies to the west of the village.

St Peter's Church is a Grade I listed building. Gamston was home to a rectory in the past, and today forms the name of a lane in the village.To the east of the village, beyond the East Coast railway line, is Gamston Wood. The ancient parish wood was purchased by the Forestry Commission in 1984 and covers 41 hectares (100 acres). The area has been designated as a Site of Specific Interest.

List of historic filling stations

This is a list of historic filling stations and service stations, including a few tire service stations which did not have gas pumps. A number of these in the United States are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

They are of various architectural types including "house" types.

List of places in Nottinghamshire

Map of places in Nottinghamshire compiled from this list

See the list of places in England for places in other counties.This is a list of settlements in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire, England.

List of places of interest in Nottinghamshire

This is a list of places of interest in the British county of Nottinghamshire. See List of places in Nottinghamshire for a list of settlements in Nottinghamshire.

Little Chef

Little Chef was a chain of roadside restaurants in the United Kingdom, founded in 1958 by entrepreneur Sam Alper, modelled on American diners. The chain were famous for their "Olympic Breakfast" – its version of a full English – and "Jubilee Pancakes". During their time, the restaurants were mostly located near A roads, often paired with a Travelodge motel and a petrol station, as well as on motorways in Moto Services.

The chain expanded rapidly throughout the 1970s would acquire the Happy Eater chain in the 1980s, its only major roadside competitor. It peaked in numbers in the late 1990s with 439 restaurants. The Little Chef brand faced decline in the early 2000s, largely due to a lack of investment, increased competition,, predominant use of motorways rather than A-roads for long-distance journeys and too many locations open for the company to properly oversee. Compared to its peak in the late 1990s, by 2005 the chain had lost almost half of its restaurants.In 2007, the chain entered administration with 41 out of 239 restaurants closed. In 2012, the chain announced more closures to reduce the chain to 94 restaurants. In early 2017, Kout Food Group sold the remaining 70 restaurants to Euro Garages. In January 2018, Euro Garages had kept 36 Little Chef locations open. On 31 January 2018, due to Kout Food Group still holding the trademark rights to the Little Chef's name and logo, Euro Garages changed any remaining restaurants to 'EG Diner'. By October 2018, the very few remaining 'EG Diner' locations were either converted into Euro Garages partner brands such as Greggs and Starbucks, or closed.As of 2019, despite the chain being closed, its website is still in operation and appears to have not been edited since 2015. None of its social networking platforms have been edited since 2016.Later in 2019, there was a registration of a new company called 'Little Chef Ltd' in Liverpool on 26 April 2019, classified in 'unlicensed restaurants and cafes', hinting a possible revival of the chain.

M62 motorway

The M62 is a 107-mile-long (172 km) west–east trans-Pennine motorway in Northern England, connecting Liverpool and Hull via Manchester and Leeds; 7 miles (11 km) of the route is shared with the M60 orbital motorway around Manchester. The road is part of the unsigned Euroroutes E20 (Shannon to Saint Petersburg) and E22 (Holyhead to Ishim).

The motorway, which was first proposed in the 1930s, and conceived as two separate routes, was opened in stages between 1971 and 1976, with construction beginning at Pole Moor and finishing at that time in Tarbock on the outskirts of Liverpool. The motorway absorbed the northern end of the Stretford-Eccles bypass, which was built between 1957 and 1960. Adjusted for inflation to 2007, its construction cost approximately £765 million. The motorway has an average daily traffic flow of 144,000 vehicles in West Yorkshire, and has several areas prone to gridlock, in particular, between Leeds and Huddersfield and the M60 section around Eccles. The M62 coach bombing of 1974 and the Great Heck rail crash of 2001 are the largest incidents to have occurred on the M62.

Stott Hall Farm, situated between the carriageways on the Pennine section has become one of the best-known sights on the motorway. The M62 has no junctions numbered 1, 2 or 3, or even an officially numbered 4, because it was intended to start in Liverpool proper, not in its outskirts.

Between Liverpool and Manchester, and east of Leeds, the terrain along which the road passes is relatively flat. Between Manchester and Leeds it traverses the Pennines and its foothills, rising to 1,221 feet (372 m) above sea level slightly east of junction 22 in Calderdale, not far from the boundary between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Milton Mausoleum

The Milton Mausoleum is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Milton, Nottinghamshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. The church, which stands on a hill and is visible from the Markham Moor junction on the A1 road, has also been known as All Saints Church, West Markham, and been confused with the medieval parish church of All Saints' Church, West Markham.

River Idle

The River Idle is a river in Nottinghamshire, England. Its source is the confluence of the River Maun and River Meden, near Markham Moor. From there, it flows north through Retford and Bawtry before entering the River Trent at Stockwith near Misterton. The county boundary with South Yorkshire follows the river for a short distance near Bawtry, and the border with Lincolnshire does the same at Idle Stop. Originally, it flowed northwards from Idle Stop to meet the River Don on Hatfield Chase, but was diverted eastwards by drainage engineers in 1628.

Most of the land surrounding the river is a broad flood plain. Between Retford and Bawtry, the floodplain is partly occupied by a number of sand and gravel pits, where exhausted forming public lakes for fishing, while beyond Bawtry, the river is constrained by high flood banks, to allow the low-lying areas to be drained for agriculture. Its main tributaries are the River Poulter and the River Ryton.

The river is navigable to Bawtry, and there is a statutory right of navigation as far upstream as East Retford, although access to the river through the entrance sluices is very expensive. Its drainage functions are managed by the Environment Agency, but there is no navigation authority. The river is important for conservation, with the Idle Washlands and some of the sand and gravel pits of the Idle Valley being designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

River Maun

The River Maun is a river in Nottinghamshire, England. Its source lies in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and from there it flows north east through Mansfield (which takes its name from the river), Edwinstowe and Ollerton, these being the heart of the Sherwood Forest area. It becomes known as Whitewater near the village of Walesby and connects to the River Meden temporarily where the Robin Hood Way crosses them. They diverge, and near Markham Moor it merges again with the River Meden this time becoming the River Idle. Its main tributaries are Rainworth Water, Vicar Water and Cauldwell Water.

The river has been an important source of power, from at least 1086, when there was a watermill in Mansfield. A big increase in the number of mills began in the 1780s, when the frame knitting industry was decimated by the advent of Richard Arkwright's water-powered spinning frame. William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, encouraged the building of textile mills to relieve unemployment and poverty. Most were converted to do "cotton doubling", and several later became hosiery mills. The conversion of watermills which had formerly ground corn to textile mills led to the building of windmills to carry on milling corn. Although water power has largely ceased, there is still an operational water-mill at Ollerton.

River Meden

The River Meden is a river in Nottinghamshire, England. Its source lies just north of Huthwaite, near the Derbyshire border, and from there it flows north east through Pleasley and Warsop before merging temporarily with the River Maun near Bothamsall. The rivers divide after a short distance and go on separately to a point near Markham Moor where they once more combine to form the River Idle.

The river was a source of water power for mills in Pleasley Vale from the 1760s until the 1980s. Three huge cotton mills and their associated mill ponds still dominate the Vale. The buildings were bought by Bolsover District Council in 1992, and have become a centre for light industry. On a much smaller scale was the water mill at Warsop, which still retains much of its internal machinery.

Sam Scorer

Hugh Segar "Sam" Scorer FRSA (2 March 1923 – 6 March 2003) was an architect who worked in Lincoln, England and was a leading pioneer in the development of hyperbolic paraboloid roof structures using concrete. He also was involved in architectural conservation and research into the work of local 19th-century architects, as well as creating an art gallery in Lincoln, now known as the Sam Scorer Gallery.


Tuxford is a village and a civil parish on the southern edge of the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England. It may also be considered a small town as it was historically a market town. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 2,516, increasing to 2,649 at the 2011 census.

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