Langwith, Derbyshire

Langwith is a close group of six villages crossing the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border, on the River Poulter only about two miles from Warsop, and about four miles from Bolsover, on the A632 road, south of Whaley Thorns.[1] The population is listed under the Nottinghamshire civil parish of Nether Langwith.

These consist of Langwith, Langwith Maltings, Nether Langwith, Upper Langwith, Langwith Bassett and Langwith Junction..

Nether Langwith

Etymology "Nether" is Saxon/Old German for Lower, "Lang" meaning long, and "with" is Old Norse vīōr wood

Langwith lies just west in the district of Bolsover, Derbyshire, from Nether Langwith, in fact the two villages adjoin. Apart from a row of shops and houses wedged between the North side of the A632 and the river Poulter, the villages have 2 public houses, the Gate Hotel & the Jug and Glass. The entire village is not a post-Second World War council estate; in fact, it is quite a quaint village surrounded by countryside and the majority of houses are privately owned.

Langwith Maltings This part of the village is separated from Langwith and Nether Langwith, by a railway, the Doncaster-Nottingham line, to-day's Robin Hood line. The village was first established following the opening of a railway station here, which was the only to serve this community of villages. This closed as part of the Dr Beeching closures of the 1960s. In the 1950s, the area site next to the railway station was developed into a council Estate, referred to as Dale Close. The Robin Hood line reopened the original with services between Nottingham and Worksop..

Etymology for Langwith see Nether Langwith, "Maltings", refers to the Malt House which existed here in operation, up until its closure and subsequent demolition in 1993.

Upper Langwith is a small village straddling the A632, at a fork for Langwith Junction and Bolsover, in Bolsover (district). The village is home to the Devonshire Arms pub, a mediaeval parish church and two manor houses.

Nether Langwith is also home to the man who got struck by lightning twice and survived to tell his story. Just a few years later on 25 October 2011, the village was struck by lightning for a third time, which managed to cause fire to a house on Wellfit Grove, near the Jug and Glass.

Langwith MuseumEdit

In 2006 a Heritage lottery funded project refurbished the old Methodist chapel in Whaley Thorns to accommodate a museum to display the history of Langwith. It is mainly run by historian Tony Warrener and a group of volunteers. He is also a governor of Langwith Whaley Thorns Primary School and Shirebrook Comprehensive School. Tony has released an updated version of his book about the history of Langwith that he started many years ago.

In 2011 The Heritage Centre left the Methodist Chapel and moved to North Street Whaley Thorns. It is still a meeting point for walks which are free. Historic information is available and there are few display cabinets. Family History research also available. We sell books written by Tony Warrener who is now semi retired. The location is opposite the Long Willows which was the Institute and on the path leading to the train station (Robin Hood line).

Notable peopleEdit

  • Mason Bennett, a forward with Derby County F.C.
  • Ken Wagstaff, footballer voted "Player of the Century" in 2000 for both Mansfield Town and Hull City football clubs


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 120 Mansfield & Worksop (Sherwood Forest) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319242100.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Langwith, Derbyshire at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°13′N 1°14′W / 53.217°N 1.233°W / 53.217; -1.233