Ollerton shown within Nottinghamshire
OS grid reference District Newark and Sherwood Shire county Nottinghamshire Region East Midlands Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town NEWARK Postcode district NG22 Dialling code 01623 Police Nottinghamshire Fire Nottinghamshire Ambulance East Midlands EU Parliament East Midlands UK Parliament Sherwood List of places: UK • England • Nottinghamshire
Formerly rural, its main industry became coal mining from the 1920s onwards. The town expanded greatly during the 1960s and 1970s. A miner died in a demonstration at the mine during the miners' strike in 1984. Ollerton features in a connected song by Australian singer Darren Hayes called "A Hundred Challenging Things A Boy Can Do" on his 2007 album, This Delicate Thing We've Made. The mine finally closed in 1994. Subsequently, the land around the mine has been reclaimed and is to be redeveloped as an ecologically sustainable "village".
In the original, old part of the former village Ollerton Watermill was built in 1713 on the River Maun. It was worked commercially until 1984. It was restored in 1993. Ollerton Town has a local football team, Ollerton Town F.C.
Ollerton is the birthplace of Tim Flear MVO (Royal Victorian Order), career member of the British diplomatic service and a former HM Consul-General in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Flear's father was the local butcher.
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