The Village Of Somercotes
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Somercotes is a village and Parish in the District of Amber Valley in the English county of Derbyshire, close to the border with Nottinghamshire. It is a former mining village and was once surrounded by more than five pits. It is now one of the fastest developing villages in the Amber Valley area, with several industrial estates, a retail park, and new housing developments. The village has numerous shops, pubs, food outlets and other businesses. Whilst increasingly urbanised, there is still some agricultural land in the northern and western parts of the Parish, and a small nature reserve at Pennytown Ponds. The population at the 2001 census was 5,745. The band Muckram Wakes takes its name from a place near Somercotes which was the home of one of the band members.
The earliest known spelling of Somercotes was Sumcot, which was recorded in 1225. This derives from the original use of the area for seasonal grazing, when temporary huts or 'summer cottages' were used by herdsmen. The original settlement was in what is now known as Lower Somercotes, the upper village developing much later after a turnpike road was driven through to Alfreton in the eighteenth century. The area was within the Norman Manor of Alfreton, and later within the Alfreton Urban District. The fortunes of the village were to be based on the coal mining industry, which rapidly expanded in the 19th century. Pye Hill and Somercotes railway station used to serve the village until it was closed by Beeching in the 1960s.. Clothing manufacture was a significant local employer until quite recently, with English Rose and Aertex having factories in the area.
Several cricketers from Somercotes played for Derbyshire.
George Beet, Sr.
George Beet, Jr.
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