Infobox UK place
official_name= Sandiacre
country= England
region= East Midlands
population= 9000
os_grid_reference= SK482357
latitude= 52.917
longitude= -1.283

static_image_caption= Sandiacre Lock.
map_type= Derbyshire
post_town= NOTTINGHAM
postcode_area= NG
postcode_district= NG10
dial_code= 0115
constituency_westminster= Erewash
shire_district= Erewash

Sandiacre is a town in the Erewash district 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. [ [ Vision of Britain | William Camden | Nottinghamshire, Derby and Warwick ] ]


Situated seven miles west of Nottingham and nine miles east of Derby, Sandiacre is part of the Greater Nottingham urban area, and is just on the western side of the River Erewash from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire. Sandiacre is neighboured by Long Eaton to the south and Risley to the west. Junction 25 of the M1 motorway lies in Sandiacre, where it crosses the A52 Brian Clough Way.


The Erewash Canal passes 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. [ [ Sandiacre ] ] The discovery of local ironstone led to the development of Stanton Ironworks in 1787. [ [ Stoney Clouds LNR Sandiacre ] ] The EWS Toton 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, [ [ 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 Trent Barton.

The parish church is Saint Giles Church, which dates back to the 10th century. There is also a Methodist church in the town.The old village lock-up still exists, situated near to St. Giles.

The 1801 census recorded Sandiacre's population as 405. By 1901, this had risen to 2954, with the 1971 census reporting a population of 7792. [ [ Sandiacre CP/AP Derbyshire through time | Local history overview for the Parish-level Unit ] ] The current population is now hovering at an estimated 9000. [ [ 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. [ [ Cricinfo - A brief history ] ]

Famous people

*Sławomir Rawicz was a resident of Sandiacre until his death in 2004, and is buried in the local cemetery.
*Sir John de Benstede was Prebendary of Sandiacre from 3 February 1297 until, presumably, 1308, when he married. [ [ Prebendaries - Sandiacre | British History Online ] ]


External links

* [ Erewash Borough Council]
* [ Sandiacre History & Heritage site]
* [ A tour of Sandiacre's heritage]

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