Forest Town - The Village that Grew out of Coal, by Pauline Marples, subtitled 'The development of a Twentieth Century Nottinghamshire Village'
Published by the Forest Town Heritage Group in 2005, 152 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4988)
Forest Town developed as a small mining village in Nottinghamshire, situated on the edge of Mansfield. But with the closure of the local pit (back in the 1980's) and developing urbanisation, Forest Town is a very different place today, and is widely regarded as an area of Mansfield.
This book charts the origins and early history of the village around a hundred years ago, when the Bolsover Colliery Company sank the new Mansfield Colliery (which quickly became known as Crown Farm Pit to the locals), and a new community grew up in the associated village of Forest Town. The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, and chapters include:
- Land Owner and Colliery Compan
- The local farms
- Planning the Colliery and the village
- Sinking and the discovery of coal
- The Avenues
- The village school
- The village shops
- The Institute
- The Drill Hall
- The SInging Miner
- Forest Town and Royalty
- People and events
- The expanding village
- and more!
The condition of the book is excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover