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Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England, on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. It is about 15 miles east-south-east of the City of Sheffield and its population is estimated (mid-2004) to be 39,800. Worksop is included in the Sheffield City Region of England. It is also twinned with the German town Garbsen. Worksop is known as the "Gateway to the Dukeries", so called for the number of ducal residences in the area.
Post townWORKSOP
Administrative CountyNottinghamshire
Traditional CountyNottinghamshire
OS GridSK5879
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityNottinghamshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNottinghamshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNottinghamshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01909

Other names by which Worksop, Nottinghamshire has been known in the past

Wirksop ~ Workensop ~ Wursup ~ Werchesope

Worksop, Nottinghamshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Worksop, market town and par., Notts, on river Ryton, near the N. extremity of Sherwood Forest, 18 miles SE. of Sheffield and 147 N. of London by rail-par., 18,220 ac., pop. 11,625; town, pop. 10,588; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Wednesday. Worksop has an extensive trade in malt and timber, and mfrs. of agricultural implements, railway sleepers, and Windsor chairs. It was known at the Conquest as Wirchesop. Castle Hill marks the site of a Norman stronghold. The beautiful Norman church was originally the church of an Augustinian priory, which has left considerable remains. Worksop Manor (18th century), formerly the property of the Duke of Norfolk, now belongs to the Duke of Newcastle; the original mansion, built by the first Earl of Shrewsbury in the reign of Henry V., was for some time the prison of Mary Queen of Scots. From the number of mansions and parks in the neighbourhood (Clumber Park, Work-sop Manor, Welbeck Abbey, Thoresby Park, Osberton Hall, &c.), the district has been designated the "Dukery".

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