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Morton, Derbyshire

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Coordinates: 53°08′13″N 1°23′31″W / 53.137°N 1.392°W / 53.137; -1.392

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Village Hall, Morton.
Morton is located in Derbyshire

Morton shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK407601
District North East Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFRETON
Postcode district DE55
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places: UKEnglandDerbyshire

Morton is a civil parish and village, three miles north of Alfreton in Derbyshire, England.

[edit] History

Morton is first mentioned in the will of Wulfric Spott in 1002[1] and again mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the manors belonging to Walter D'Aincourt.[2]

[edit] Claims to be centre of England

According to the roadsigns as you enter, Morton is the geographic centre of England.[citation needed] There is no current documentary evidence to support the geographical veracity of the claim made on the road signs. The Ordnance Survey define Fenny Drayton to be the Geographical centre of England, and Coton in the Elms to be the Farthest point from the Sea. Historically Meriden has been regarded as the centre of England for over 200 years.[3][4][5]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Derbyshireuk accessed 8 May 2008
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p.750 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey - MapZone
  4. ^ BBC report centre of England
  5. ^ BBC - A tale of two centres


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