Ashfield sits in western Nottinghamshire, and rubs shoulders with Derbyshire. The district has a population of over 128,000. Mostly urban, there are three towns in the district with the biggest being Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Ashfield is an area of former heavy industry, including mining and textiles. It has a heritage of sporting achievement, producing local heroes like cricketers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce as well as modern Olympians and Paralympians.
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- The ancestral home of the famous poet Lord Byron is Newstead Abbey in Hucknall. He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall.
- Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, is regarded the first computer programmer based on her gift for mathematics and her early concepts of computing. She is buried beside her father in Hucknall.
- A number of famous footballers and cricketers came from Ashfield.
- The composer Andrew Lewis was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
- Sutton-in-Ashfield is home to Europe’s largest sundial.
- Pretty Polly, the manufacturer of tights and stockings, started out in Sutton-in-Ashfield
You can learn more about Ashfield from the Discover Ashfield website.