South Normanton is a busy village near Alfreton. It grew rapidly after the opening of 'A Winning' Colliery in 1871 and 'B Winning' in 1875. By the 1880s, A Winning had the largest output of coal in Derbyshire. The last colliery closed in 1969 and little remains of the industry that once employed almost every adult man in South Normanton.
The village is mentioned as Northwegans - 'farm of the north men' - in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was a small holding belonging to William Peveril who may have been the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. The family seat was at Bolsover where they built a castle that was pulled down in the 17th Century by Charles Cavendish who built the Bolsover Castle that still survives today.
Jedediah Strutt was born in South Normanton, although the house he was born in no longer exists. When Strutt and his business partner, Samuel Need, met Richard Arkwright in 1769, the first factory at Cromford near Matlock Bath, was built. Strutt's North Mill in Belper is now a World Heritage Site.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 28. Take 4th exit signposted B6019. Follow road for approx ¾ mile. Turn right into Market Street. Follow road into High Street, South Normanton
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout. Take 1st exit (M1 south). Leave M1 at next junction (28) and follow route from North/South.
Follow A6 to Matlock. At roundabout take A615 signposted Alfreton. Follow A615 out of Matlock to Tansley (approx 2 miles). Continue on A615 through Tansley to Wessington (approx 3 miles). At Wessington continue on A615 for approx 1½ miles. Turn right, then take 2nd left turning continuing on the A615 (Wingfield Road). Follow road for approx 1¼ miles. Turn left into Gooker Lane. Follow road for approx ¼ mile turn right into B600 (High Street). Follow road for ¼ mile turn left into B6019 (Mansfield Road). Follow road fo approx 2 miles. Turn Left into Market Street. Follow road into Market Place, South Normanton
: 1 mile from Alfreton station
- Disabled access
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted