Coordinates: 53°12′17″N 1°13′11″W / 53.2048°N 1.2197°W / 53.2048; -1.2197
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Skyline of Shirebrook from Shirebrook School playing fields
Shirebrook is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population13,300 (civil parish)[1]
OS grid referenceSK522678
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG20
Dialling code01623
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′17″N 1°13′11″W / 53.2048°N 1.2197°W / 53.2048; -1.2197
The Great Northern former-pub, once a frequent social point in Shirebrook, converted in 2016 to an alcohol-free homeless shelter for a maximum of 15 men as an outpost-mission by Lighthouse Homes, a church project originally based in Rotherham[2][3][4]

Shirebrook is a town in the Bolsover district of Derbyshire, England, near Mansfield and Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire,[5] it had a population of 9,760 at the 2011 Census.[6] It is on the B6407, close to the A632 road, between Mansfield and Bolsover.

The town is served by Shirebrook railway station, on the Robin Hood Line.



According to David Mills in A Dictionary of British Place-Names,[7] the area was first named in records in 1202 written in Old English as Scirebroc. This can be interpreted as Boundary or Bright Brook.

Prior to the intense and swift development of the Colliery at the turn of the 20th century, Shirebrook, even as late as 1872 it was little more than a chapelry of the larger Pleasley. Wilsons' Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870–72[8] describes "SHIREBROOK, a chapelry in Pleaseley parish, Derby; 3¾ miles NNW of Mansfield r. station. It was constituted in 1849, and it has a post-office under Mansfield. Pop., 342. Houses, 70. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £90.* Patron, the Rector of Pleaseley. The church was built in 1843."

Shirebrook Colliery was sunk in 1896–1897 by the Shirebrook Coal and Iron company[9] on land owned by the Duke of Devonshire, Joseph Paget (a Pleasley Mills partner and the builder of Stuffynwood Hall), and the Nicholson and Fowler farming families. Professor Arnold Lupton of Sheffield was the mining engineer. The sinking of two shafts, plus a pumping shaft, was based on independent surveys by Henry Hall and Matthew Fisher, managers of working collieries. The shafts, 19 feet (5.8 m) wide, met the 'Top Hard' seam at 430 yards (390 m).

By 1897, a 'model village' was already being built close to the colliery to house workers. The Derbyshire Times of 30 July 1897 reported that "About half a mile away a model village is springing up, some 150 houses have already been erected and about 420 are to be built."

Former Shirebrook Colliery

Shirebrook Colliery operated in the town until April 1993. It had previously been linked underground to nearby Pleasley Colliery.[10] The workforce was about evenly split during the strike of 1984–85, leading to deep community divisions between strikers and workers, and briefly earned the nickname "the Belfast of England".[11]

In addition to two ongoing fabrication-engineering businesses at nearby Langwith, Shirebrook has a large furniture retailer.


Private helicopter at Sports Direct

The 93-acre former Shirebrook Colliery site was reclaimed for development at a cost of £24million, funded by English Partnerships and administered by East Midlands Development Agency.[12]

Sports Direct hub[edit]

Re-titled as Brook Park, half of the entire business park designated as Zone 1 was allocated to Sports Direct after a planning application to Bolsover District Council in 2004 for four giant warehouses totalling 111,000 square metres, with a training facility, helipad and a retail store.[12] [13][14]

Sports Direct complex in 2007

Community building[edit]

In December 2017, the government through their Minister for Faith and Communities, Lord Bourne, announced a £1.26 million aid-package from the Controlling Migration Fund, after a bid from local networking groups Bolsover Partnership and Shirebrook Forward NG20 due to the large influx of Eastern European workers.

The money is a two-year investment intended to improve access to public services, stage community events, improve the shopping and Market Square area and ease pressures on housing, schooling and health services resulting from recent migration.

The project named Building Resilience will see investment into seven core areas:[15]

  • Community resilience
  • Market Square Enlivenment
  • Migrant community access
  • Improve access and quality of private sector housing
  • Social Norms and UK Laws
  • Additional GP resources
  • Healthy Workforce Programme

Shirebrook Town Hall was constructed as a new build on the site of a former storage unit on the market square. It opened in 2019 as a 'one stop shop' with customer contact centre and payment counter at ground floor level, and offices for Town Council and Bolsover District business above.[16][17] The council's claim is "...we believe it to be one of the largest, if not the largest town centre square in England".[18]


As part of the government's Levelling Up initiative, a plan to create affordable homes on part of the former colliery site has seen the First Homes pilot scheme established to allow local first-time buyers and key workers to buy new builds at a 30% discount of the market price.[19][20][21]


Shirebrook Academy on Common Lane is the local secondary school for pupils aged 11–16.

Shirebrook also has many primary schools and nurseries such as:


Local TV coverage is provided by BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and BBC East Midlands on BBC One and by ITV Yorkshire and ITV Central on ITV1. Television signals are received from either the Belmont or Waltham TV transmitters.[22][23]

Local radio stations are BBC Radio Nottingham on 95.5 FM, Capital East Midlands on 96.5 FM, and community-based stations broadcasting online: Mansfield Radio and Elastic FM.[24]

The town is served by the local newspapers the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad and the Derbyshire Times.[25][26]


Shirebrook once had three railway stations. The last remaining station was on the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS) route from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield, and was originally known as Shirebrook West, despite being on the eastern edge of the town. The route lost its passenger services in October 1964, leaving Shirebrook without a station, but the line remained open as a goods route. On the site of the goods yard a diesel locomotive fuelling depot was opened in the mid-1960s. The station was re-opened in 1998 as Shirebrook railway station for the new Robin Hood Line services from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield. A wagon repair and manufacturing business have a rail link with the main line.

Shirebrook North station (originally known as "Langwith Junction", until renamed in June 1924), was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway[27] (later part of the Great Central Railway and subsequently the London & North Eastern Railway) in March 1897 and closed in September 1955. By then only one of the four routes converging on it was left- that to Lincoln: the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line to Pleasley and Sutton-in-Ashfield had closed in September 1931; the LD&ECR line to Beighton via Clowne in September 1939, and that to Chesterfield via Bolsover in December 1951, due to the unsafe condition of Bolsover Tunnel. The filling in of the tunnel began on 10 October 1966, and used waste from Bolsover Colliery. The mouth of the old tunnel can be found on the southern edge of Scarcliffe, emerging just south of Ridgdale Road, Bolsover.

Shirebrook South station was on the Great Northern Railway's "Leen Valley Extension" line mentioned above, opened in November 1901 and closed in September 1931.


The town's football club Shirebrook Town play in the First Division of the Northern Counties East Football League, and are based at Langwith Road. Before the current club was formed, Shirebrook Miners Welfare F.C. was the senior team in the area, competing in the FA Cup on occasion.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ Pub to be turned into a hostel for homeless men Derbyshire Times, 19 July 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2019
  3. ^ Lighthouse Homes – about us Retrieved 21 August 2019
  4. ^ Homelessness project is offering beacon of hope. Chad (local newspaper), 22 June 2016, pp.27–27. Accessed 18 December 2020
  5. ^ OS Explorer Map 270: Sherwood Forest: (1:25 000):ISBN 0 319 24040 1
  6. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  7. ^ Mills, David (20 October 2011). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. ISBN 9780199609086.
  8. ^ "Wilsons Gazetteer 1870–72".
  9. ^ "Picture the past".
  10. ^ Northern Mine Research Society, the Nottinghamshire Coalfield
  11. ^ MacIntyre, Donald (16 June 2014). "How the miners' strike of 1984–85 changed Britain for ever". New Statesman. UK. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b Chad Nottinghamshire local newspaper, 5 May 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2017
  13. ^ Shirebrook eyesore to be site for industrial development Chad, local newspaper, 19 April 2002. Retrieved 19 March 2016
  14. ^ Sports Direct Distribution Centre, Shirebrook, Notts March 2015, Retrieved 19 March 2016
  15. ^ Minister for Faith Lord Bourne launches a £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook, Bolsover District Council, 14 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017
  16. ^ Opening date for Shirebrook Council offices Chad, 24 March 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2021
  17. ^ Shirebrook Town Hall Derbyshire Building Control partnership. Retrieved 7 December 2021
  18. ^ Shirebrook Market Place set to be REimaged [sic] Bolsover District Council. Retrieved 9 February 2024
  19. ^ Council Leader welcomes First Homes Scheme launch in Shirebrook Bolsover District Council, June 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2021
  20. ^ New Shirebrook housing development joins First Homes pilot scheme, Chad, 3 September 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2021
  21. ^ Key workers being helped on to housing ladder in Derbyshire is example of ‘levelling up’, says Government Derbyshire Times, 26 November 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2021
  22. ^ "Full Freeview on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  23. ^ "Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  24. ^ "About Us". Elastic FM. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  25. ^ "Mansfield and Ashfield Chad". British Papers. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  26. ^ "Derbyshire Times". British Papers. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  27. ^ Cupit,T., Taylor, W., (1984 2nd.Ed.) The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, Trowbridge: The Oakwood Press
  28. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 463. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  29. ^ "John Hurt – Famous Derbyshire People". 23 April 2012.
  30. ^ "Jason Statham – Biography, Photos, News, Videos, Movie Reviews".
  31. ^ "Bill Legend Colin Tarrant Suicide Shock", The People, 29 January 2012
  32. ^ Williams, Richard (16 May 2018). "Ray Wilson, the modest linchpin of England's 1966 World Cup winners". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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