Derbyshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc
Darley Abbey Village and Mills
Darley Abbey, Derby,
Part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage
Site. During the 17th
Century Darley Abbey became established as an
industrial hamlet. By 1730 there were four
separate water-powered mills. Today, the
historical significance of Darley Abbey lies in
the continued existence of the principal
elements of the late 18th to early 19th century
factory village that was developed by Thomas
Evans (1723 - 1814). From around 1790, neat
terraces of workers' houses were developed. the
Four Houses in Mile Ash Lane, built by 1792, are
the earliest known survivor of the cluster house
type. Attached or adjacent to the houses were
yards, allotments and outbuildings, including
pigsties. The housing was innovative, being
served by one of the country's first sewage
disposal systems .
Chesterfield Road, Heage,
Built in 1797 and restored in 2002 Heage Windmill, a Grade II listed building, is the only working, stone-towered, multi-sailed windmill in England. She is set in the Derbyshire countryside, providing spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Car parking space is available on site with wheelchair access to the Interpretation Centre, shop, toilets and the ground floor of the mill. Not all areas are guide dog friendly e.g. up the ladder type stairs to the top two floors of the mill. The adjacent drying kiln has been rebuilt and provides the Visitor Centre & shop selling souvenirs, flour and light refreshments. There are hands on activities for children. Groups are welcome by prior arrangement and dogs are admitted on a lead but are not allowed in the mill. Flour milling may take place when the wind is favourable. Look out for the many special events throughout the year. For further information (Weekends and Bank Holidays) telephone 01773 853579, when the mill is closed telephone 01773 853136.
Hardwick Estate, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5QJ
Winster Market House
near Matlock, Derbyshire
Market Place, Castleton, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire, S33 8WX
This castle, perched high above the pretty village of Castleton, offers breathtaking views of the Peak District. Founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by one of King William's most trusted knights, William Peverel, the castle played an important role in guarding the Peak Forest area which was valuable for its lead, and the silver that could be refined from it, and as hunting country bound by Forest Law. Some of the earliest herringbone masonry still to be seen belongs to this castle.
Castle Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield,
Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Marvel at the outstanding craftsmanship, the rich panelling, elaborate fireplaces and painted ceilings. Outside, enjoy the most glorious enclosed garden - an outdoor 'room', furnished with love-seats and statuary, all overseen by Venus on her fountain, recently restored to its 17th century glory. Meander and muse through this country house built on the site of a Norman fortress and see the fairytale 'Little Castle' with its range of charming and spectacular wall paintings, elaborately designed fireplaces and battlements. Visit the enormous Riding House or interact with a scale model of the Little Castle. The site is available for weddings, receptions and corporate hospitality.