Outline map of Ashfield district in Nottinghamshire

Ashfield sits in western Nottinghamshire, and rubs shoulders with Derbyshire.  The district has a population of over 127,000. 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.

Well, I never…

  • 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 (who knew!)
  • Pretty Polly, the manufacturer of tights and stockings, started out in Sutton-in-Ashfield