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Coordinates: 53°07′11″N 1°07′25″W / 53.1197°N 1.1235°W / 53.1197; -1.1235

Rainworth
Rainworth.jpg
Main Road through Rainworth
Rainworth is located in Nottinghamshire
Rainworth

 Rainworth shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 7,829 
OS grid reference SK586584
District Newark and Sherwood & Mansfield
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MANSFIELD
Postcode district NG21
Dialling code 01623
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Mansfieldand [Sherwood [1]
List of places: UK • England • Nottinghamshire

Rainworth is a village which is split between the Newark and Sherwood and the Mansfield districts of Nottinghamshire, England.

To the north of Rainworth is the village of Clipstone and to the east are the villages of Bilsthorpe and Farnsfield. Mansfield lies two miles to the west. The village of Blidworth and is a mile to the south. The A617 dual-carriageway bypasses the village. The roundabout at the western terminus was the starting point for the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route. The former route through the village is the B6020.

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Brief history

The history of Rainworth has roots in Roman times, and Rainworth lodge was built in the 12th century. Rainworth as a village was created in the early 1870s, 40 years before Rufford Colliery opened in 1911. The Colliery provided housing for approximately 400 families, and leisure facilities such as a football ground and lido (which was in disuse by the end of the war), along with the Miners Welfare. After over 80 years of service Rufford Colliery closed in 1993.

In 1951, 40 council house had been completed, located at the top of Python Hill, just beyond the Python Hill School. A large housing estate was built in the 1950s, and a further estate was built beyond this original council estate sometime after 1965. The old Rufford Colliery site is now a wildlife conservation area, with links to the National Cycle Network which travels through Rainworth and into Sherwood Forest which intertwines the village to the North and South. Joseph Whitaker School, on Warsop Lane, next to Rainworth Leisure Centre and the Archer pub, opened in 1962. Before this Heathlands school was built on a temporary basis at the start of World War I but lasted until 2004 when a replacement was built on a nearby site in the village. Other pubs in Rainworth are the Lurcher on Westbrook Drive and Sherwood Inn on Kirklington Road, and Robin Hood Inn on Southwell Road East near the Co-op. Dawn House, a school for children with speech and language difficulties is also located in the village.

In 1975 killer Donald Neilson was caught by police officers helped by locals at a chip shop on Southwell Road East in the village.

Future

Rainworth is currently the focus of two controversial projects. One, designed to provide electricity to 4,700 Homes has been accepted for planning despite local objections over the location of the 125m Wind Turbines.

The other is a waste incinerator on the site of the former Rufford Colliery which is currently being proposed by Veolia Ltd, the preferred contractor for Nottinghamshire County Council. This has been met with hostile views from many local residents, concerned with the environmental impact and the increased traffic around the village.

Planning permission application has now been made to Notts County Council and to the Environment Agency whose consultation ended in May 2008.

Opposition is from several local environmental groups led by People Against Incineration (PAIN)[1] who have just obtained the support[2] of David Bellamy.

The application has now been heard by Notts County Council and they have approved it despite local opposition,[3] but there are steps now (Jan 2009) being taken to call the application[4] in for a public enquiry

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