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town, Bassetlaw district, administrative and historic county of Nottinghamshire, England. It lies along the Chesterfield Canal close to Sherwood Forest. The priory church in the town dates partly from the 12th-13th centuries. Granted a royal charter in 1296, Worksop became a centre of coal mining in the 19th century when the deep coal seams of the area began to be exploited. The town's industry has expanded since World War II; the 100-acre (400-hectare) Dukeries Industrial Area is named for a group of former ducal estates, parts of which are still preserved as parkland. Pop. (2001) 39,072.