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Early History

Ransom Wood is located in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It is a site rich in history. Legend has it that Will Scarlet (one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men) is buried in a local church.

The Hospital Days  – 1902 to 1987

At the turn of the twentieth century, the site was developed as a privately and NUM funded hospital, renowned for the fresh air (a common method for curing illness was to have patients sleep on the open verandas of the wards).

Doctors, nurses and sisters accommodation was provided on site and it was in every way a living, working community.

The woodland was mostly replaced with Victorian style planted parkland, including decorative gardens with ponds for patients to relax around. There were approximately 20 buildings on site, all of a significant size with solid foundations. The whole park was heated from a central coal boiler fed by an underground network of ducts of which at least half a mile still exists and are large enough to be walked through.

World War 1

With the arrival of World War 1, the nearby Clipstone camp used the huge area of neighbouring forestry to the east for military training and a massive network of trenches were dug over thousands of acres of woodland. The forestry has now taken much of these works back into nature.

Strawberry Knoll was known for the two heavy machine guns mounted on its summit known particularly well by the soldiers who had to crawl up that hill under live ammunition fire as a final part of their training. A local retired post-master tells of how his father used to make deliveries to our site in around 1913 and of how he recalled that you couldn’t see the trees for the troops that streamed through this site at the time and how he remembered two tanks parked up in the car park.

Almost the whole British army was de-mobbed at Clipstone and every one of those passed this site to get there.

Continued Hospital History

The site continued as a hospital through the century, serving the local community in many different ways and there are still people alive today who had operations there. The NHS eventually came onto site and the central administration building, Ransom Hall, become the area PCT. Eventually however, new treatment methods and centralisation meant that the site was no longer viable as a hospital and in 1990, the site was sold to Mansfield Sand Company, with the intention of quarrying the high quality sand beneath. Many of the buildings on site were dangerous and had to be cleared or demolished for public safety.

Recent History  – 1999 to Present Day 

It looked as though Ransom Wood’s story was about to come to an end. However Ransomwood Estates took on the site in 1999, leading to the site becoming what it is today.

Today, we are well on our way to not only re-building this working community, but taking it into the 21st century and beyond with an environmental and quality remit that is second to none.

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  • I love this place. I have worked here for the past seven years and I can highly recommend Oak House A.

    Pam Holt

    Diamond Soft Furnishings

  • I think I can speak on behalf of all the ‘newbies’ when I say that we are very pleased to be here and all of us have settled in very easily. The whole of your team are great to deal with at all levels and any matters are dealt with great expedience!

    Keith Winterton, Director

    Bing Electronics

  • You’re all stars and worth your weight in Gold and we Receptionists love and appreciate you !!

    Alison, Receptionist

    NHS Property Services, Birch House

  • Carl, thanks for your help today and over the last few weeks – you’ve been terrific, as have the whole estates maintenance team and it’s very much appreciated.

    Tracy Doucet, Director


  • Hi Jane, Tony the electrician has done exactly what was asked of him and turned it around quickly for me. Fantastic job thanks for your help.

    Karl Beard

    T K Construction

  • Thank you for your help and support, you are always so quick to respond in our hour of need and help wherever and whenever you possibly can.  It’s a pleasure to work on the park with you and all of your team.

    Michelle Edge, Manager

    Cedar House Nursery

  • We here at Focus Management for Business Ltd have been part of the Ransom Wood Business Park community for over four years and we occupy the ground floor of Oak House A & B.  Our experience of ‘living here’ is a very positive one, we find the staff around the business park very friendly and helpful.

    Malcolm Yates, MD

    Focus Management For Business

  • Hi Guys, In all seriousness as an individual I would like to thank you all at Ransom Wood Estates for the fantastic work you have all put in over the bad weather period.

    Sharon Bowskill

    Focus Management

  • You certainly have a wonderful team who work for you. Very impressed with the efficiency of your Workforce.

    Lorraine Gardiner

    Vision West Notts

  • We would like to send our thanks for all the work you have done recently at Cedar House. We were really impressed with your electricians Tony and Ben as to how they refused drinks ( we thought all trades people worked on tea and coffee supplies), how polite and considerate they were and finally how tidy they left our offices.

    Fiona and Sally


  • Thanks very much and it’s been a real pleasure working with you over the years also. As a landlord, you’ve been fantastic – always being helpful and proactive, I wish you and Jane and all the other staff at Ransomwood all the very best.

    Keith Hepple

    British Heart Foundation

  • I wanted to write to express our thanks and appreciation for all the help and support we have had from yourself and other members of your team.

    Elaine Wilson

    Mid Trent Local Cancer Network

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