This large market town stands
on the River Maun and was once a wooded area
within Sherwood Forest. It was industrialised
during the Victorian era, becoming famous for shoe
making and hosiery. Later it became an important
part of the Nottinghamshire coalfield.
The town has an ancient past. Old cave dwellings cut into sandstone cliffs were inhabited even during the 19th century. The Romans had an encampment here and a number of coins featuring several Roman emperors have been found.