|Population 5,699 (2011)|
Region East Midlands
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Shire county Derbyshire
District Bolsover District
UK parliament constituency Bolsover
|OS grid reference SK467592|
Post town Nottingham
Local time Monday 8:39 AM
Dialling code 01773
|Weather 9°C, Wind SW at 24 km/h, 91% Humidity|
Pinxton is a village on the eastern boundary of Derbyshire in the Bolsover district, England. At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish of Pinxton eas 5,699.
Map of Pinxton, Nottingham, UK
In Anglo-Saxon times it was a small agricultural community, thought to have been recorded in the Domesday Book as "Esnotrewic." It is also thought that it was known as "Snodeswic," given by Wulfric Spott to Burton Abbey. In Norman times, along with a number of other manors, it was under the control of William Peveril, for whom it was held by Drogo fitz Pons. It is thought that he renamed the manor "Ponceston" and it gradually changed to Penekeston and then to Pinxton.
The church of St Helen dates from medieval times, possibly built on the site of a previous small castle. Much of it was rebuilt in 1790 reusing the original materials, and only the west tower and west end of the old church remains. By 1890, it was so dilapidated that most of the services were held in the mission room. In following century it was repaired and a new porch and north aisle were added in 1939.
Since 1800 BC, coal had been extracted in the area. In 1794 the Cromford Canal encouraged this trade. By the beginning of the next century there were a number of deep coal mines. Trade increased with the growth of the industrial revolution. There were also four lime kilns and a china works producing quality ware. Pinxton's prosperity increased further as the terminus, in 1819, of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway opened.
From the profits of his colliery at Pinxton, D'Ewes Coke (1747-1811) of Brookhill Hall, a clergyman colliery master, founded a local school and an educational charity.
Coal is no longer mined at Pinxton. The collieries and coking ovens have been replaced by an industrial estate, and the old colliery village has all but disappeared.
In Pinxton today, there remains the John King mining Wheel, It was used in the days when mining was available. Know the John King wheel is a historical model for the public to see.
Broadmeadows is a newly built housing estate which is partly in the Pinxton parish, although mainly within the neighbouring parish of South Normanton.
Television and radio reception
The village is in an area which can pick up the television signals of East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
FM radio stations covering the village include: Capital East Midlands; Peak FM; Mansfield 103.2 FM; BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Nottingham.