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Shirebrook is a town in the Bolsover district of north-east Derbyshire on the border with Nottinghamshire, England. At the 2001 UK Census it had a population of 9,291 (civil parish), 10,412 (urban area). It is on the B6407, and close to the A632 road, between Mansfield and Bolsover.

The town is served by Shirebrook railway station.

Shirebrook is a small market town with a market square (market days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) surrounded by several shops. There is a large Co-operative food store, 2 butchers, carpet shops, a photographer’s, 2 card shops, 2 cake shops, 2 tattooists, 2 furniture shops, 2 pet shops, 2 cafes, 2 pubs, a locksmith, a solicitors, 2 DIY stores, multiple take-aways and 2 pharmacists. Shirebrook is home to many small local businesses. Much of the growth and prosperity of the town was built around coal mining. Shirebrook Colliery opened in 1896 and closed in 1993. Like many former ‘pit towns’ in the area this led to high unemployment and other social problems. The former site of the colliery is currently being redeveloped. The Kissingate Leisure Centre is on Park Road. It has no swimming pool, but it does have an indoor five-a-side football area and a skate park. The Kissingate Leisure Centre itself was closed after being heavily damaged by fire on 7 November 2008, but reopened almost 12 months later.

The town is the headquarters of Sports World International, the UK’s largest sports clothes retailer.

On 19 May 2008 Shirebrook featured on Tonight on ITV1. It showed various places including Sports Direct, Shirebrook Market, Empire Bingo/Cinema and also Carter Lane Social Club.

In 2011, planning permission was sought to build a new 30,000 sq/ft Tesco superstore on the location of flats on Portland Road.

Shirebrook once had three railway stations. The last remaining station was on the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS) route from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield, and was originally known as Shirebrook West, despite being on the eastern edge of the town. The route lost its passenger services in October 1964, leaving Mansfield as one of the largest towns in the UK without a station, but the line remained opened as a goods route. On the site of the goods yard a diesel locomotive fuelling depot was opened in the mid 1960s. The station was re-opened in 1998 for the new Robin Hood Line services from Nottingham to Worksop. A wagon repair and manufacturing business have a rail link with the main line.

Shirebrook North station (originally known as “Langwith Junction”, until renamed in June 1924), was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway[1] (later part of the Great Central Railway and subsequently the LNER) in March 1897 and closed in September 1955. By then only one of the four routes converging on it was left- that to Lincoln: the Great Northern Railway’s “Leen Valley Extension” line to Pleasley and Sutton-in-Ashfield had closed in September 1931; the LD&ECR line to Beighton via Clowne in September 1939, and that to Chesterfield via Bolsover in December 1951, due to the unsafe condition of Bolsover Tunnel. The filling in of the tunnel began on 10 October 1966, and used waste from Bolsover Colliery. The mouth of the old tunnel can be found on the southern edge of Scarcliffe, emerging just south of Ridgdale Road, Bolsover.

Shirebrook South station was on the Great Northern Railway’s “Leen Valley Extension” line mentioned above, opened in November 1901 and closed in September 1931.

In August 2011, Daniel Warriner, a local schoolboy from Shirebrook Academy created a small community organisation that aimed to change people’s perceptions of Shirebrook after the economic downturn that followed the closure of Shirebrook Colliery in 1993. The organisation, Get Shirebrook On The Map (GSOTM) has gained a total of £4000 in funding in order to help Shirebrook. Get Shirebrook On The Map will be filming a short documentary about Shirebrook that will eventually be published on the Internet in an attempt to show people the ‘real’ Shirebrook and not the one stereotyped by ‘outsiders’. The organisation was also featured In multiple local newspapers such as Chad, the Derbyshire Times, The Chesterfield Post and the national newsletter School Matters. The BBC also aired a piece about Get Shirebrook on the Map on its local news programme, East Midlands Today.

Note: this page is partly based on a Wikipedia page. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Where possible, text is being updated to original, fully referenced research. ‘Our photos’ means we took the photographs. The Street View and street map visuals are courtesy of Google.

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