Elton - charming White Peak village
...near both Bakewell & Matlock
Elton is a charming small village set high on the White Peak limestone plateau and surrounded by the remains of centuries of lead mining, revealed in the numerous bumps and hollows in its fields.
Built on Lead
Many of the limestone cottages in the village street date from the heyday of the lead mining industry in the 18th century, when most of the occupants were engaged in the dual economy of mining and farming.
Elton Old Hall, which has a date stone of 1668 in a semicircular pediment above the door, later became a Youth Hostel, but is now a 5 star rated self catering holiday house. The pediment is a Georgian feature unique to the architecture of the historic Derbyshire halls. Above the other entrance doorway is the date stone inscribed TB 1668 denoting Thomas Birds c.1668.
The village has become a popular centre for walking in the White Peak.
WHERE IS IT?
On a minor road five miles (8 km) south of Bakewell.
There is a village pinfold, an enclosure in which stray animals were kept until they could be claimed, on the village green.
Elton was the last village in Derbyshire to retain a rural firebox, provided by the Derbyshire Fire Service because of the remoteness of its situation. The firebox contained a standpipe, hose reels, a stirrup pump and a hand-operated siren which called out the village volunteers. The firebox was discontinued in 1987.
Mining and quarrying
Apart from the lead mining remains, there were also two important gritstone quarries in the parish of Elton, situated at Bury Cliff and Watts Cliff Quarries.
PLACES TO GO
The Parish Church of All Saints stands in the centre of the village and was completely rebuilt in 1812 after the collapse of the old steeple onto the medieval church.
THINGS TO DO
A good walk is via Oddo House Farm west of the village and into the steep-sided confines of Gratton Dale, coming back via Mouldridge Grange and across the fields of the former Elton Common.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Duke of York (01629 650367) in Elton’s Main Street is an unspoilt, traditional pub which serves Adnam’s Broadside and Marston’s Pedigree. The quarry-tiled back tap room has a coal fire in a massive fireplace, with a hatch to a flagstoned corridor.
Elton has a healthy selection of holiday accommodation choices for the visitor - see the full list of Elton places to stay.
Bakewell TIC, The Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS; Tel: 01629 816558; www.peakdistrict.gov.uk, open daily.
Buxton Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent, Buxton SK17 6BQ; 01298 25106; www.highpeak.gov.uk; open daily.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015