Creswell is in Derbyshire but lies very close to the border with Nottinghamshire. It is famous today for Creswell Crags, home to Britain's only known Ice Age cave art.
The nearby village of Elmton was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but Creswell was just a tiny outlying hamlet, until the turnpike road arrived in the 18th Century. Elmton remained a small village, as it is today, but the opening of Creswell Colliery in the late 1800s had a dramatic effect on Creswell, which grew rapidly. Creswell Model Village was built in 1895 to house workers for the coal industry. It is probably the best surviving example of the garden village principle applied in the coalfields.
Disaster struck the village on 26 September 1950. A fire began in the mine when 232 men were underground. Although 152 escaped, 80 men were overcome by smoke and fumes and died there. Word of the disaster spread quickly around the village and many of the off duty miners and villagers rushed to offer any help they could. One miner, who had broken his back several months before, went down the pit with a back brace on to help rescue his fellow workers.
Creswell Colliery closed in 1991 and nothing of the coal industry remains today.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A616. At next roundabout take 2nd exit and at next roundabout take 1st exit. At next roundabout take 2nd exit. Continue on A616 to traffic lights at awkward junction and bear left (A616). Continue on A616 passing under low bridge. Turn right into Creswell (signposted Railway Station).
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30), then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At next roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway roundabout. Select left lane and take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30) then follow route from North/South.
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- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted