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  Grassmoor is a former coalfield community situated 2 miles south east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire with a population of approximately 3560. Whilst Grassmoor is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, there is little else worthy of historic note. The present village of Grassmoor owes it's existence to the seams of coal upon which it stands. The early extraction of coal from these seams was restricted to those which lay close to the surface.

Following the industrial revolution, which stimulated the demand for coal, deeper mine workings were sunk in Grassmoor in the mid 19th Century by the Barnes family. Coal mining would dominate the lives of the majority of inhabitants of Grassmoor until the recent demise of the industry. Grassmoor Colliery closed in 1971 and other local pits had all closed by the mid 1980's.

The Avenue Coking Plant provided a major source of local employment until it's closure in 1993. However, the closure left an unwanted legacy as the site is the most contaminated of it's type in the Country. The Parish Council and organisations such as the Parishes Opposed to Opencasting Liaison Group have fought a long running campaign to oppose the clearing of the site by means of opencast workings. Grassmoor Community Centre has been the base for much of the campaign work and indeed the East Midlands Development Committee Plant Liaison Group continue to meet there to consult with the local community.

Grassmoor is now a predominantly residential village with no major employer. North Wingfield Road is the long main road through the village, off which side roads lead to the majority of the housing stock which is mainly terraced properties and Council housing, although in the 1980's a new estate was built which included larger detached properties.

Grassmoor is relatively well served by public bus transport with buses running to Chesterfield every weekday.

The village has a limited selection of shops including a post office, which cater for every day needs. There are three public houses and a Working Mens Club. There is no supermarket or bank facility. Shopping for other than everyday items generally requires travelling to Chesterfield or other nearby towns such as Clay Cross or Mansfield.

Grassmoor has it's own Primary School which teaches pupils between the ages of three and eleven. Secondary education is provided outside of Grassmoor at schools in neighbouring Hasland, Tupton and North Wingfield. Grassmoor has no library although the Mobile Library visits weekly.
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