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Hidden Valleys was a name coined in 2004 to describe an area of interesting historical and scenic value between Nottingham and Mansfield in the county of Nottinghamshire. Promotional Literature and tourist information for the Hidden Valleys were created to encourage tourism in an area which had been blighted by industrial decline. Partners in the project were Ashfield District Council, Gedling District Council, the East Midlands development agency, Nottinghamshire County Council, and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Famous People of the Hidden Valleys

The area boasts links with the Poet Lord Byron, his daughter Ada Lovelace, the romantic novelist D. H. Lawrence, "bodyline" fast bowlers Harold Larwood & Bill Voce and the Composer Eric Coates as well as links to the legends of Robin Hood.

Buildings of Importance

Annesley Hall, Nottinghamshire and Newstead Abbey are two stately homes within the area. Historical religious buildings include Felley Priory, Selston St Helens Church, one of the county's oldest churches, and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall, resting place of the Byron family and home to a fine collection of stained glass by the acclaimed artist Charles Eamer Kempe.

Papplewick Pumping Station is a fine example of a Victorian waterworks and houses an industrial museum. Bestwood Pumping Station is nearby.

D. H. Lawrence's birthplace in Eastwood houses a museum.

External links

Coordinates: 53°04′N 1°12′W / 53.06°N 1.20°W / 53.06; -1.20


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