The Harte, the Swan (which has a dating stone with 1490 was found during alterations), the Talbot, the White Bear, the Ram (timber dating to pre 1500) and the White Lion were known to date from medieval times.Several timber-framed cruck buildings were demolished in 1929 and another in 1973 which was documented by a local historical society during its demolition and was dated at circa 1400, or earlier.
On West Gate within the town centre, a commemorative wall plaque marks the point that was thought to be the centre of Sherwood Forest 2013. Access to the town between the 16th and 17th centuries was via several inns and stable yards.
In the 1980s, Mansfield Bitter was advertised with a photograph of then US president Ronald Reagan and the tagline: He might be president of the most powerful nation on earth..he's never had a pint of Mansfield.
Many of the areas adjacent to the town and its surrounding countryside still bear the markers of Mansfield and district's vibrant mining history.
There are still independent town centre shops, such as Xibit Jewellery, Vivid Shoes, MCS (Mansfield Computer Store) and other small family businesses mixed within the high street names.
Just off the town centre pedestrianised area is Rosemary Centre, a covered parade of shops and a little further out three outdoor retail parks, two having adjacent fast-food outlets of International brands.