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Mapperley in Derbyshire is a remarkably compact village, within sharply defined edges. It is situated off the Derby to Ilkeston route, on a u shaped road that goes nowhere else except from High Lane to a different part of High Lane, apart from the narrow approach to Shipley Park. It has no passing traffic.

Mapperley has all the essential village requirements, a primary school, a post office cum newsagent cum general shop, an occasional bus service and a pub called the Black Horse which became locally famous around the turn of the century not only because it was kept by a Mr Beer but also because he generated his own 5 candle power electricity on the premises even before Ilkeston had electricity.