Infobox UK place
region= East Midlands
static_image_caption= Sandiacre Lock.
Sandiacre is a
townin the Erewashdistrict of Derbyshire, in England. The name Sandiacre is usually thought to refer to a "sandy acre", though another interpretation, based on "Saint Diacre", is sometimes advanced. [ [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/text/chap_page.jsp?t_id=Camden&c_id=20&p_id=4838#pn_66 Vision of Britain | William Camden | Nottinghamshire, Derby and Warwick ] ]
Situated seven miles west of
Nottinghamand nine miles east of Derby, Sandiacre is part of the Greater Nottinghamurban area, and is just on the western side of the River Erewashfrom Stapleford in Nottinghamshire. Sandiacre is neighboured by Long Eatonto the south and Risley to the west. Junction 25 of the M1 motorwaylies in Sandiacre, where it crosses the A52 Brian Clough Way.
Erewash Canalpasses through the centre of Sandiacre, and the small basin immediately above Sandiacre Lock (No. 11 on the canal) was once the terminal link of the now-defunct Derby Canal. Situated next to the canal in the town centre is Springfield Mills, built in 1888 and a reminder of Sandiacre's industrial heritage. Examples of lace making, engineering and furniture making can still be found today. [ [http://www.erewash.gov.uk/LeisureCulture/TourismTravel/placesToVisit/sandiacre.htm Sandiacre ] ] The discovery of local ironstoneled to the development of Stanton Ironworks in 1787. [ [http://www.gev.org.uk/projects/wildcommunities/stoneyclouds.html Stoney Clouds LNR Sandiacre ] ] The EWSToton depot, which lies on the edge of Sandiacre, has been a major employer in the town for a number of years.
Although there is currently no
railway station, the town was once home to a terminal on the Midland Railway, [ [http://www.andrewspages.dial.pipex.com/dby/kelly/sandiacre.htm The Andrews Pages : Sandiacre, Derbyshire : Kelly's Directory, 1891 ] ] and passenger trains travelling on the St. Pancras - Manchester Piccadilly line still passed along the border with Stapleford during 2003-2004.
Transport links to Nottingham, Derby and the surrounding area are currently provided by
The parish church is Saint Giles Church, which dates back to the 10th century. There is also a
Methodistchurch in the town.The old village lock-upstill exists, situated near to St. Giles.
censusrecorded Sandiacre's populationas 405. By 1901, this had risen to 2954, with the 1971 census reporting a population of 7792. [ [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit_page.jsp?u_id=10165325 Sandiacre CP/AP Derbyshire through time | Local history overview for the Parish-level Unit ] ] The current population is now hovering at an estimated 9000. [ [http://www.erewash.gov.uk/LeisureCulture/TourismTravel/placesToVisit/sandiacre.htm Erewash tourism guide] ]
The schools in Sandiacre are Ladycross Infants School, Cloudside Junior School and Friesland Specialist performing arts college.
The town football club,
Sandiacre Town F.C.play at St. Giles' Park.The local cricket team, Sandiacre Town Cricket Club, were the winners of the 2003 Club Cricket Championship. [ [http://content-www.cricinfo.com/england/content/page/313652.html Cricinfo - A brief history ] ]
Sławomir Rawiczwas a resident of Sandiacre until his death in 2004, and is buried in the local cemetery.
John de Benstedewas Prebendaryof Sandiacre from 3 February 1297until, presumably, 1308, when he married. [ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=32288 Prebendaries - Sandiacre | British History Online ] ]
* [http://www.erewash.gov.uk/ Erewash Borough Council]
* [http://www.sandiacrehistory.org.uk/home.htm Sandiacre History & Heritage site]
* [http://www.ilkcam.com/2005/051002/Sandiacre%2001.html A tour of Sandiacre's heritage]
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