District of Newark and Sherwood
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Type||Newark and Sherwood District Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader and committee system|
|• MPs:||Robert Jenrick,|
|• Total||251.5 sq mi (651.3 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 190th|
|• Density||490/sq mi (190/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||37UG (ONS)|
Newark and Sherwood is a local government district and is the largest district in Nottinghamshire, England. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, by a merger of the municipal borough of Newark with Newark Rural District and Southwell Rural District. It was originally known just as Newark: the name was changed by the council effective 1 April 1995.
The district is predominantly rural, with some large forestry plantations, the ancient Sherwood Forest and the towns of Newark-on-Trent, Southwell and Ollerton. The council is based at Castle House, adjacent to Newark Castle Railway station, having previously used Kelham Hall in the nearby village of Kelham as its Headquarters. 
Many settlements in the west of the district, such as the town of Ollerton and the minster town of Southwell.
The south-eastern settlements are home to many people who commute into Nottingham for work. Newark-on-Trent, together with Balderton, forms the largest urban concentration. Newark-on-Trent has many important historic features including Newark Castle, Georgian architecture and a defensive earthwork from the British Civil Wars. Other settlements in the district include:
The district is divided into two parliamentary constituencies: Newark, created in 1885, which has been represented by Robert Jenrick, a Conservative, since 2014; and has been held by the Conservative Party since 2001; and Sherwood, created in 1983, represented by Mark Spencer, also a Conservative, since 2010.