Derbyshire

Properties and events in Derbyshire

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Buxton’s Heritage Wheels: Crafting Connections and Celebrating History

The Assembly Room, The Crescent, Devonshire Dome, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

This event, part of BCHT’s Heritage Open Days, features the Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) and embraces the theme of ‘routes, networks & connections’.

Children's Country House at Sudbury: A walk to the Deercote

The Children's Country House, Main Street, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5HT
In person
Book on day

A guided walk from the Children's Country House at Sudbury to explore historic parkland features on the National Trust estate.

Christ Church Burbage

Christ Church Burbage, St Johns Rd, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Everyone is welcome to come. The church is open to visitors with historical documents and photos display. There will be a guided tour of the churchyard and local area with reference to notable local people buried here and their Burbage connection.

Crich Railways Walk

Bull Bridge, Bullbridge, Ambergate, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2EW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

This guided walk takes you from near the start of the course of the Butterley Gangroad, one of the earliest railways in the country, along parts of the route, to the quarry that is now home to Crich Tramway Village.

Discover the history of our Church and the people associated with it

St Peter & St Paul, Main Road, 2, Upland Rise, Walton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 2DD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the history & secrets of this beautiful Grade 1 listed medieval church, 'meet' local celebrities from the past incl. Thomas Linacre, Henry VIII's Royal Physician. With activities & refreshments in the Schoolroom , there's something for all.

Eckington Church: Bells and History

St Peter and St Paul's Church, Church Street, Eckington, Derbyshire, S21 4BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Eckington Parish Church is one of the region's most ancient churches and a centre for bell-ringing. Explore both with guided church tours, morning visits to the bellringing chamber and a special handbell ringing performance in the afternoon.

Eckington connections: past lines

Eckington Library, Market Street, Eckington, Derbyshire, S21 4JG
In person
Pre-booking not required

This lively guided exhibition shows how this ancient Derbyshire market town became a superbly well-connected industrial centre as its mining and metal working industries thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries only to decline in the 20th.

Eckington: Walking our Connections

Eckington Library, Market Street, 3 Wasdale Avenue, Eckington, Derbyshire, S21 4JG
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk from our Past Lines exhibition at Eckington Library out onto land once crossed by the Penny engine line, Setcup tramway and the Chesterfield canal. Visit the site of the Eckington station and enter Renishaw Hall gardens for a tour.

Ecton Copper Mines (Underground Visit)

GA Cox Study Centre, The Hillocks, Ecton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AH
In person
Pre-booking required

A rare chance to visit the working of the Deep Ecton Copper Mine in the Staffordshire Moorlands. You will be led underground to see the 18th century mine workings and learn about what was once the biggest, richest and deepest copper mines in the UK.

Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel

Elder Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1UR
In person
Pre-booking not required

An unspoilt 17th Century Chapel (the oldest in Derbyshire), featuring original pews, altar and organ. Exceptional stained glass windows, a historical collection of Pearson's Pottery and various artefacts not normally available to see.

Festival 2024 Big Quilt of Water & Big Quilt of Change and More Care Design Collective Exhibition

The Assembly Room, The Crescent, Devonshire Dome, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

An art exhibition featuring the More Care Design Collective's plaster panels which represent historical animal figures and Ruby Moon's community textile projects, the Quilts of Water & Change, reflecting societal hopes and water's importance.

Findmypast Live at Calke Abbey: Exploring family connections

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE
Online & In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore your family tree at the historic Calke Abbey. With expert help, you'll discover untold Calke Abbey stories and maybe even a new family connection. Packed with surprises, this unmissable line-up is perfect for anyone passionate about the past.

Georgian Rural Life in the Peak district

Moor End Cottage, Moor End, Beeley, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2NR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Living history in Spencer's Yard of Georgian Life.

Hartshorne Upper Hall

10 Main Street, Hartshorne, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 7ES
In person
Pre-booking required

Hall and kitchen range of substantial early 17th-century timber-framed manor house. Well-preserved, with decorative framing, two-storey porch, ovens and cellars. (Parlour wing in separate occupation and not open.) Still lived in as a private house.

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall, Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Kedleston Hall is an extravagant temple to the arts designed by the architect Robert Adam. Commissioned in the 1750s by Nathaniel Curzon whose ancestors had resided at Kedleston since the 12th century.

Kegworth Heritage Centre

Kegworth Heritage Centre, 52 High Street, Kegworth, Derbyshire, DE74 2DA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Kegworth Heritage Centre reopened Easter 2024 for the first time since 2018. As part of the Heritage Open Days events, we look forward to welcoming visitors on Sat 14th and Sun 15th Sept from 2pm until 5pm.

Leawood Pump

Leawood Pump, High Peak Junction, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Take a tour of Leawood Pumphouse built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.

Magpie Mine

Magpie Mine, Sheldon, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1QU
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to learn more about this historic Derbyshire lead mine

Middleton Top Engine House

Engine House, Rise End, Middleton, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

See the world’s oldest beam engine of its type in action. Discover how it got wagons up and down steep hills on one of the world’s first long-distance railways.

Peak Rail Rowsley South site tours

Peak Rail Rowsley South station Harrison Way, Harrison Way, Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2LF
In person
Pre-booking required

Tour of parts of our Rowsley South site which are not normally open to the public including the archives cabin and engine shed

Railway Pioneers, Workers and Incidents

Spital Cemetery, Hady Hill, Spital, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0DZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A downloadable map and guide on a selection of railway connections to burials in Spital Cemetery.

Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum

Church Lane, Morley, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 6DE
In person
Pre-booking not required

In addition to visiting the Mausoleum and hearing about its history the adjacent Grade I Listed, St Matthew's Church will also be open to visitors. It is noted for its medieval stained glass windows, encaustic floor tiles and memorial brasses.

Shardlow Inland Port Festival

Shardlow Village, Shardlow, London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE72 2GA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A weekend of History, Heritage and Entertainment for the whole family.

St Giles Church, Killamarsh

Kirkcroft Lane, Killamarsh, Sheffield, Derbyshire, S21 1BS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Beautiful 12th century parish church with some interesting features and history. Magnificent stained glass windows, including a memorial window to those who lost their lives in two world wars. Norman font. Tower housing 6 bells.

St John the Baptist's Church, Ault Hucknall

Ault Hucknall Church, Ault Hucknall Village, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade I listed church with many interesting features.

St Leonard's Parish Church, Scarcliffe

Main Street, Scarcliffe, Scarcliffe, Derbyshire, S44 6SZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Medieval village church circa 1100 , housing a nationally important 13th century effigy, together with it's fascinating legend.

St Peter's Church, Hartshorne

Church Street, Hartshorne, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 7ER
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the church tower to see the bells and clock room. Churchyard trail and quizzes to learn more about the history of the church and churchyard.

St Wilfrid's Church, Barrow upon Trent

Church Lane, Barrow-on-Trent, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7HB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Curiosities in a small church.

The history of Tideswell village

St John The Baptist, Commercial Road, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The history of Tideswell village, ancient industries, wealth, and community.

The Treemendous Trees of Spital Cemetery

Spital Cemetery Lodge, 19 Hady Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0DZ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A chance to identify the many native and non-native trees that were either already in the Cemetery when it was opened or were brought in and planted - maybe from within these shores but also, maybe from further afield. A map is available to assist.

Torr Vale Mill

Torr Vale Mill, Torr Vale Road, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 3HS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Torr Vale Mill is hosting an open weekend as part of Heritage Open Days in September. The event showcases the rich history and heritage of the mill, allowing visitors to explore unseen areas and learn about it's significance in the local community.

Victoria Hall - Glossop

Victoria Hall, Talbot Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7DG
In person
Pre-booking preferred

This Iconic Grade II listed building will showcase our plans for the future. Victoria Hall - Glossop, built in 1886/7 was originally used as a reading room, later becoming a public library now a creative community hub .

W W Winter Ltd

45 Midland Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2SP
In person
Pre-booking required

An opportunity to explore our remarkable photographic business est. 1852 and still operational today. Look 'behind the scenes' & explore the routes, networks and connections of Winter’s three owning families.