Edwinstowe is a large English village in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, associated with the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legends. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 5,188.[2]


Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre(off the B6034 Swinecote Road, Edwinstowe towards Budby)
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population5,188 (2011)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG21
Dialling code01623
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament


The etymology of the village name, "Edwin's resting place", recalls that the body of Edwin of Northumbria, King and Saint, was hidden in the church after he was killed in the Battle of Hatfield Chase, near Doncaster, probably in AD 633. The battle against King Penda of Mercia occurred near the present-day hamlet of Cuckney, some five miles north-west of modern Edwinstowe.[3]

Edwinstowe is referred to twice in the Domesday Book as having five households, in addition to a priest and his four bordars, living in the hamlet in 1086.[4]

Legend has it that Robin Hood married Maid Marian in St Mary's Church. Edwinstowe's present-day popularity is due mainly to the presence near the village of the Major Oak, a feature in the folk tales of Robin Hood.


Thoresby Colliery served as Edwinstowe's main source of employment until July 2015, when the mine was permanently closed.[5] The loss of one of the last remaining deep coal mines in the country has left tourism as the main factor in the local economy.

Nottinghamshire County Council's nearby Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre is scheduled for redevelopment and improvement. A contract awarded to RSPB intended for completion by late 2017 had a projected cost of £5.3 million.[6][7]

Centre Parcs' Sherwood Forest holiday village is a local employer established in 1987, close to the edge of the village.[8][9]

There was a post windmill south of the Mansfield Road with a small box-style roundhouse. It was driven by two common sails and two double-patent sails.


The two schools in the village are St Mary's Primary School and King Edwin Primary School.

The village also has a business services provider, a St John's Ambulance amenity, an antiques centre, workshops, a fun park, a youth hostel, two arts and crafts centres, a village hall, and a community pest-control centre. Leisure facilities include Thoresby Colliery Band and Youth Band, a high-wire forest adventure course, a mountain biking, cyclo cross and forest walks centre, a skate park, a forest fun park, and an outdoor adventure park.

Edwinstowe still has five pubs: the Black Swan, the Dukeries Lodge, Forest Lodge, Hammer and Wedge, and the Royal Oak. Other caterers include the Edwinstowe Bistro Restaurant, the Cottage Tea Rooms, and Launay's Restaurant.

Environmental concerns are addressed under the Maun Valley Project Conservation Area.


Edwinstowe railway station functioned between 1897 and 1955. A goods line remains. The nearest railway station today is at Mansfield (6 miles, 10 km).[10]

The village is served by half-hourly daytime Monday–Saturday bus services to Mansfield and Ollerton, six buses Monday–Saturday to Worksop, and one bus Monday–Friday to Nottingham. Services run twice a week to Newark and once a week to Lincoln.[11]

Famous people

In order of birth:


  1. http://www.edwinstowe.co.uk/
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistice. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  3. "Edwinstowe History". Edwinstowe Parish Council. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. "Place: Edwinstowe". Domesday Book. Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  5. "Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery closes after 90 years", BBC News (Nottingham), 10 July 2015, retrieved 30 December 2015
  6. Sherwood Forest Country Park Nottinghamshire County Council, Retrieved 30 December 2015
  7. RSPB chosen to build Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest visitor centre, BBC News (Nottingham) 12 August 2015, Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  8. Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest Village Retrieved 30 December 2015
  9. Centre Parcs history Retrieved 30 December 2015
  10. Distance calculator Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  11. Notts bus times Retrieved 26 June 2016.
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