Tourist Information in Nottinghamshire
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Chesterfield Canal - Photo © B Hilton
Chesterfield Canal - Photo: B Hilton CCL

River Idle in Kings Park - Photo © B Hilton
River Idle in Kings Park - Photo: B Hilton CCL

This market town on the banks of the River Idle has a rich past and is said to be one of England’s oldest chartered boroughs. It sent representatives to Parliament as early as 1315. With foundries and paper mills among its industries, it can claim to be one of Nottinghamshire’s most important town in the north of the county. A key destination on the East Coast rail line, it was once a staging post on the Great North Road. In the 18th century James Brindley designed the Chesterfield-Repton Canal to bring wide barges and their cargoes to the River Trent.