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The Market Place
The Market Place in South Normanton
South Normanton is a large, busy, industrial village, two miles east of Alfreton.

The historic industries of the village were agriculture, stocking spinning and mining.
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The population of the village is 8,035 people.

The village covers 782 hectares.

South Normanton's most famous house Carnfield Hall is a 15th century 'mansion house' added to during the 16th & 17th centuries recently rescued from collapse.

Jedediah Strutt hailed from South Normanton. He was the man who perfected a ribbed stocking frame - ‘the Derby rib’ which enabled closer fitting stockings and revolutionised the stocking world.

In 1137, the Manor of South Normanton, which included the church, was given to Beauchief Abbey (situated between Alfreton and Sheffield), and this date is thought to be the start of the records of the community.

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Normanton, means ‘the farm of the north men’ or 'Northwegans'.

It was a purely agricultural settlement but added tanning as a secondary industry during medieval times, using the bark of the oak and birch, both plentiful in the area.

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the main industries were framework knitting and mining.

The knitters, or shiners as they were known from the state of their trouser seats after a 14-hour day sitting at their machines, tended to live in certain areas, around the Dog Pool, along Water Lane and particularly up the narrow alleys around the Old Market place.

South Normanton Colliery closed in 1952, B Winning in 1964 and A Winning in 1969.


Carnfield Hall, for several centuries the seat of the Revel family, the Hall contains a varied and fascinating collection of antique furniture, porcelain and glass, family portraits and much more.

The Hall is now a family Home shown to the public by the present owners.

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