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Sandiacre is a town in the Borough of Erewash in Derbyshire, in the East Midlands region of England adjoining the border with Nottinghamshire The population of the town was 8,889 at the 2011 Census

The name Sandiacre is usually thought to refer to a sandy acre, though another interpretation, based on Saint Diacre, is sometimes advanced2


  • 1 Geography
  • 2 Background
  • 3 Schools
  • 4 Sport
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Seven miles west of Nottingham and nine miles east of Derby, Sandiacre is part of the Greater Nottingham urban area, just on the western side of the River Erewash from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire Sandiacre is adjoined 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 the Springfield Mill, built in 1888 as a lace mill and a reminder of Sandiacre's industrial heritage, now converted into a modern apartment complex Examples of lace making, engineering and furniture making can still be found today3 The discovery of local ironstone led to the development of Stanton Ironworks in 17874 The EWS Toton depot, which lies on the edge of Sandiacre, was a main employer in the town a number of years ago
Although there is currently no railway station, the town was once home to a terminal on the Midland Railway,5 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

St Giles Church dates from the 10th century

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 77926 The current population is now hovering at an estimated 90007


The schools in Sandiacre are Ladycross Infants School, Cloudside Junior School and Friesland School


The town football club, Sandiacre Town FC play at St Giles' Park The local cricket team, Sandiacre Town Cricket Club, play at the ground on Longmoor Lane and were the winners of the Club Cricket Championship in 20038 and 2014

Notable peopleedit

  • Sir John de Benstede was Prebendary of Sandiacre from 3 February 1297 until, presumably, 1308, when he married9
  • John Barret, the Presbyterian minister, moved to Sandiacre in 1665 after losing the living of St Peter's Church, Nottingham in the Great Ejection10
  • Enoch Cook, the Derbyshire county cricketer, was born in Sandiacre in 184511
  • Sławomir Rawicz, the Gulag escapee, was a resident of Sandiacre until his death in 2004, and is buried in the local cemetery

See alsoedit

  • Crossley-Premier, manufacturer of heavy oil engines


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics" Office for National Statistics Retrieved 18 October 2014 
  2. ^ "William Camden | Nottinghamshire, Derby and Warwick" Vision of Britain 
  3. ^ Sandiacre Archived November 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Stoney Clouds LNR Sandiacre Archived October 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Andrews Pages : Sandiacre, Derbyshire : Kelly's Directory, 1891 Archived August 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Sandiacre CP/AP Derbyshire through time | Local history overview for the Parish-level Unit" Visionofbritainorguk 1 October 1921 
  7. ^ Erewash tourism guide Archived November 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Cricinfo - A brief history" Content-wwwcricinfocom 
  9. ^ "Prebendaries - Sandiacre | British History Online" British-historyacuk 22 June 2003 
  10. ^ ODNB entry: Retrieved 11 July 2011 Subscription required
  11. ^ Cricket Archive: Retrieved 15 March 2012

External linksedit

  • Erewash Borough Council
  • Sandiacre History & Heritage site
  • A tour of Sandiacre's heritage
  • Sandiacre Community Hub

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