Little change apparent within two years for the number of Hucknall listings. Comparisons do show names come and go between existing businesses, but area description remains the same as earlier given for Sutton-in-Ashfield. Therefore the indexing Mansfield referencing may add greater local historic interest.
Mansfield, a market town and parish, in the wapentake of Broxtow, is situated in the forest of Sherwood, at the distance of 138 miles from London, 14 from Nottingham, 12 from Worksop and Chesterfield, 9 from Alfreton, 8 from Ollerton and 20 from Newark. It appears to have been a place of high antiquity; coins of several Roman emperors have been found in and near the town; and the recent discovery of ancient relics, near Mansfield Woodhouse, is an indisputable proof that the Romans had a station or settlement in this vicinity.
In the Domesday survey
Maunsfield as it was anciently called, is mentioned as a royal manor ; and successive monarchs have granted several privileges to it. A market was established by a charter of Henry III.; and a fair by a grant from Richard II. When Sherwood forest was a royal chase, here was a royal villa, which the sovereign kept as a hunting seat ; and, to use the words of an old inquisition,
Henry Fauconberge held the manor of Cuckney in serjeantry by the service of shoeing the king's palfrey when the king came to Mansfield. The town is large, lighted with gas, well paved, and the houses are in general well built ; the trade is flourishing, participating largely in the manufacture of stockings, bobbin-net and lace thread; considerable business is also transacted in corn and malt; and there are productive coal mines and stone quarries in the neighbourhood; a rail-way, seven miles in length, giving great facility for the transmission of their produce to the town and neighbourhood.
Upon a rivulet are no less than eight cotton factories, within the space of four miles. The church here is an ancient commodious structure; the livingis a vicarage in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln, and in the incumbency of the Rev. T. L. Cursham. Here are also chapels for the independents, baptists, unitarians, methodists and quakers ; a free grammar school, two charity schools; and twelve alms-houses.
The seats of this neighbourhood are numerous, and add a considerable consequence to it. The principal ones of note are, Hardwick hall, four miles west of Mansfield, belonging to the Duke of Devonshire; the like distance south is Newstead abbey, the seat of the late Lord Byron, and now the property of Colonel Thomas Wildman; and at Berry hill is the agreeable residence of Thomas Walker, Esq. The market is on Thursday, which is well supplied with corn and other necessaties, the fairs are the first Thursday in April, July 10th, and the second Thursday in October. There is also a fair or market every second Thursday in the month, for cattle and hogs. The parish of Mansfield, which has no dependent township, contained, according to the parliamentary returns for 1821, 7,861 inhabitants.
Addlington Robert, Shopkeeper
Bower Samuel, Publican - The Gate
Burton Benjamin, Bobbin-net maker
Burton Benjamin, Shopkeeper
Burton John, Shopkeeper
Chambers Hannah, Publican - The White Swan
Jackson Luke, Reverend
Marshall Matthew, Stone Mason
Mellors John, Coal Merchant
Nixon Charles, Reverend
Ward Richard, Shopkeeper
Ward Richard, Hosier & Glover
Woodhead Timothy, Publican - Shoulder of Mutton
Written 19 Dec 04 Revised 24 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott