Sandiacre

Sandiacre is a town and civil parish in the borough of Erewash in Derbyshire, in the East Midlands region of England adjoining the border with Nottinghamshire. The population of the town was 8,889 at the 2011 Census.

Sandiacre

Sandiacre Lock
Sandiacre
Location within Derbyshire
Population8,889 (parish, 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSK 47660 36446
Civil parish
  • Sandiacre
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNOTTINGHAM
Postcode districtNG10
Dialling code0115
PoliceDerbyshire
FireDerbyshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament

The name Sandiacre is usually thought to refer to a sandy acre, though another interpretation, based on Saint Diacre, is sometimes advanced.[2]

Geography

Seven miles west of Nottingham and nine miles east of Derby, Sandiacre is part of the Greater Nottingham urban area. Being on the western side of the River Erewash from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire, it is part of the county Derbyshire but retaining an NG postcode. Sandiacre is adjoined by Long Eaton to the south and Risley to the west. Junction 25 of the M1 motorway lies in Sandiacre, where it crosses the A52 Brian Clough Way.

Background

The Erewash Canal passes through the centre of Sandiacre, and the small basin immediately above Sandiacre Lock (No. 11 on the canal) was once the terminal link of the now-defunct Derby Canal. Situated next to the canal in the town centre is the Springfield Mill, built in 1888 as a lace mill and a reminder of Sandiacre's industrial heritage, now converted into a modern apartment complex. Examples of lace making, engineering and furniture making can still be found today.[3] The discovery of local ironstone led to the development of Stanton Ironworks in 1787.[4] The EWS Toton depot, which lies on the edge of Sandiacre, was a main employer in the town a number of years ago.
Although there is currently no railway station, the town was once home to a terminal on the Midland Railway,[5] and passenger trains travelling on the St. Pancras - Manchester Piccadilly line still passed along the border with Stapleford during 2003-2004.
Transport links to Nottingham, Derby and the surrounding area are currently provided by Trent Barton.

The parish church is Saint Giles Church, which dates back to the 10th century. There is also a Methodist church in the town.

The old village lock-up still exists, situated near to St. Giles.

The 1801 census recorded Sandiacre's population as 405. By 1901, this had risen to 2,954, with the 1971 census reporting a population of 7,792.[6] The current population is now hovering at an estimated 9,000.[7]

Schools

The schools in Sandiacre are the outstanding Ladycross Infants School, Cloudside Academy junior school and Friesland School – a secondary school with sixth form.

Sport

The town football club, Sandiacre Town F.C. play at St. Giles' Park. The local cricket team, Sandiacre Town Cricket Club, play at the ground on Longmoor Lane and were the winners of the Club Cricket Championship in 2003[8] and 2014.

Notable people

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References

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