Whitwell, Derbyshire

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 53.285
longitude= -1.209

static_image_caption=Church of St Lawrence, Whitwell.
official_name= Whitwell
map_type= Derbyshire
population =
shire_district= Bolsover
shire_county = Derbyshire
region= East Midlands
constituency_westminster= Bolsover
post_town= WORKSOP
postcode_district = S80
postcode_area= S
dial_code= 01909
os_grid_reference= SK528767

Whitwell is a small village located in Derbyshire, England.

Although Whitwell celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in the 'Whitwell 1000' Celebrations of 1989 it is much older than this celebration suggests.The earliest written references to Whitwell are from the Anglo-Saxon charters however many of its historical sites pre-date this period. Within the parish is the world heritage site of Creswell Crags and its prehistoric art, the biggest wood in Europe, as well as several Iron Age burial mounds, an Iron Age fort and settlement, the remains of a Roman villa, medieval field systems, and both a Norman and Saxon church.

Whitwell won the 'Best Kept Village in Derbyshire' Award in 1986

Whitwell is a thriving village with strong community spirit. The village has many active clubs and societies including: Whitwell Scout and Guide Group, Local History Group, Whitwell Players, Whitwell Brass Band and junior band, C of E, Methodist and Poplar churches, Natural History Group, green bowls club, cricket club, and footbal club

Although being quite a small village, Whitwell has seven public houses. It previously had as many as 11 and held the record for most number of licensed premises per capita. The current pubs are Holmefield Arms, Butchers Arms, The Jack Ups (Whitwell Working Men's Club), The Jug And Glass, (Whitwell) New Middle Club, The Boot And Shoe, The Half Moon and The Royal Oak. Whitwell also has three take-aways. An "Indian" on Station Road opposite the "Jack Ups", a "Chinese", situated on Welbeck Street, called Go-Ming and a Chip Shop called "Chip Inn", on Hanger Hill next to the corner of Fox Road.

Whitwell Wood

The freshwater Ginny Spring is located in the northern section of the wood .

In a field bordering the eastern edge of Whitwell Wood is the Three Shires Oak, a tree where the county borders of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire meet. Whitwell Wood's southern fence borders the A619 (Chesterfield-Worksop road), and is approximately 5km from Junction 30 of the M1.

Famous Whitwellians

One of Whitwell's most famous sons was Joe Davis, world snooker champion from the 1920s to the 1940s. His Whitwell home (on Welbeck Street) bears a plaque commemorating him.

Les Jackson, England cricketer and Wisden Cricketer of the Year [ [http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/0/859/859.html Les Jackson at CricketArchive.com] ] in 1959, played for Whitwell Cricket Club and came to watch their games on a Saturday afternoon until his death in 2007.

Also from the village are Chris Adams, the Sussex and England cricketer, and Ian Bennett, currently goalkeeper for Sheffield United F.C., whose family still lives in the village.


External links

* [http://www.whitwell.com Whitwell Website - please contribute]
* [http://www.whitwellcc.tk Whitwell Cricket Club's Website]
* [http://www.wlhg.co.uk/ Whitwell Local History Group's Website]
* [http://www.whitwellbrassband.org.uk/ Whitwell Brass Band]
* [http://www.whitwellactiongroup.co.uk/ Whitwell Action Group]

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