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Mansfield in General
Member Name: daseaford
Mansfield in General
Date: 24/07/01, updated on 24/07/01 (59 review reads)
Advantages: New life coming into the town., Very cheap property prices.
Disadvantages: Has been through a decline.
Mansfield is right in the centre of England and probably one of the furthest towns from the sea in any direction.
The town grew because of the vast reserves of coal in this area as many collieries were sunk around the town at the end of the 19th century. However, there are records of a town on this site back in the Domesday Book.
Most of the collieries have now disappeared and during the ten years 1990 –2000 the town went into a serious decline. Unemployment was very high and this was added to by the closure of many local textile firms, another major industry of the area.
In the past couple of years there has been huge investments made in and around the town with many new industrial parks and new businesses being attracted into the town. Because of the decline of the coal industry there has been substantial European funding and central government money spent in the town to try to revitalise the area and this is now working.
As the regeneration is starting to take effect there is a feeling that the town is starting to come alive again. Large sections of the workforce have been re-trained and the new modern industries coming into the town are bringing back valuable jobs.
Part of this revival has been the re-establishment of a train station in Mansfield. For many years Mansfield had the unenvious title of being the largest town in Britain without a train station. Recently the old station buildings have also been renovated and now it looks like a proper station and not just an empty platform.
Around the town centre there are new shopping areas being built, new restaurants are opening, two new large fitness clubs have recently opened and there is a feel that things are getting better.
The house prices in the area are still incredibly low, but this is acting as an attraction for people to move into the town, especially as the new businesses are being established here.
The area surrounding Mansfi
eld is of course Sherwood Forest and although the traditional Robin Hood legends associate this forest with Nottingham the area of the forest that now remains is all around Mansfield. The town has never made very much of being a tourist attraction, but in its revival I believe this will form a big part in turning Mansfield into a major tourist centre.
The town is currently fighting to keep open the Mansfield Brewery, which has a strong place in the hearts of many local drinkers. Hopefully it looks like a group of local businessmen are going to buy it out and keep open this brewing tradition in the town.
Mansfield is a town that has gone through a rough decade, but now it is rising again and hopefully soon will be back as a thriving and interesting town.
If you are in the county then come and see our town. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.