Castles monuments in Derbyshire
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Derbyshire

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Derbyshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabCALKE ABBEYCastles & Historic Monuments
Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 1LE

Enter Calke Abbey, a house that slipped from finery to faded glory, where time stopped in the 1920s and grandeur diminished. Collections of birds, ornaments, paintings and family photos sit amongst peeling wallpaper and paint, seeming to wait for the family to return. Captured in time, Calke Abbey reflects the fate of hundreds of country houses earlier this century. See the silver display, the Chinese silk bed (kept in a box until 1985!) and trace the route of 18th century servants along the brewhouse tunnel to the house cellars. Explore walled gardens with their glass houses and the fascinating 19th century ice house. Enjoy over 600 acres of historic parkland (all of which now has National Nature Reserve status) ideal for walks, picnics and relaxation.
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Darley Abbey Village and Mills

Darley Abbey, Derby, Derbyshire
Tel: 01332 255802

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 .
The Boar's Head Cotton Mill was founded by Thomas Evans on the east bank of the Derwent in 1782. It was one of the most important industrial enterprises of its time. The entire mill complex as we see it today - comprising five main mills and a series of dyeing and drying sheds, offices, stabling and domestic buildings - was completed by the 1830s.

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Heage Windmill

Chesterfield Road, Heage, Derbyshire, DE56 2BH
01773 853579     E-mail:

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.

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Stainsby Mill

Hardwick Estate, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5QJ
Tel: 01246 850430 (Hardwick Hall)    Fax: 01246 854200

Stainsby Mill Hardwick Estate Photo © Jim Woodward-Nutt
Stainsby Mill Hardwick Estate -
Photo: Jim Woodward-Nutt CCL


Remarkably complete water-powered flour mill.

With newly reconstructed 1849-50 machinery, the mill is still in good working order and flour is ground regularly throughout the season.


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Winster Market House

near Matlock, Derbyshire
Tel: 01335 350245     E-mail:  

Market House Winster Matlock Photo © Dennis Thorley
Market House Winster -
Photo: Dennis Thorley


Late 17th- or early 18th-century market house.

The restored building is a reminder of when cheese and cattle fairs were a prominent feature of local life.

The Trust's first acquisition in the Peak District, it now houses an information room, with recently created interpretation panels and scale model of Winster village.

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Peveril Castle

Market Place, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WX
Tel: 01433 620613

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.

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Bolsover Castle

Castle Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Tel: 01246 822844

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.

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