A town of steep terraces,
narrow streets and alleyways, Wirksworth was at
one time one of the most important lead mining
centres in Britain. As this industry declined its
place was taken by limestone quarrying, and one of
the town’s unique attractions is the National
Stone Centre, which offers activities such as
gem-panning and fossil-casting. Likewise, the
North End Mills allow visitors to see how hosiery
has been made.
Jacobean Babington House is linked to the infamous Antony Babington who was executed in 1585 for his part in a plot to free Mary Queen of Scots.