Visit Wirksworth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Wirksworth, Derbyshire, is an attractive small old town among the hills 5 miles south of Matlock. It was once the centre of the Derbyshire lead-mining industry. At the Moot Hall can still be seen the oblong dish which was used for measuring the lead; and pigs of the mineral dating from Roman times have been found in the neighbourhood. This was the town which George Eliot used as a background for much of her novel, Adamn Bede, and those familiar with the novel will find it an interesting exercise to try to match the places in the novel with their real-life counterparts. Other scenes in the novel were set in the village of Roston, about 5 miles south west of Ashbourne (about 13 miles in all from Wirksworth).
There are many old buildings in Wirksworth, none older than the imposing Church of St Mary. In the church can be seen an Anglo-Saxon coffin lid, believed to have come from the stone coffin of a saint who was buried here almost 1,200 years ago. The carving on the lid is crude but quite clear and obviously depicts scenes from the life of Christ, including the washing of the disciples' feet, the raising of Jairus's daughter, and the descent into hell, as well as the symbols of the four gospel-writers. Other ancient sculpture, mainly Norman work, can be seen in the walls of the church.
Other interesting buildings include the old hospital, now a guest-house, which dates from 1588; Dale End, a gabled l7th-century house; Gell's Bedehouses, dating from 1584; and a number of attractive Georgian houses.
Along the road from Wirksworth to Middleton is some of the most spectacular scenery in the county. Here are the extensive Hopton Wood quarries with sheer walls of rock often towering impressively above the road.
Nearby towns: Alfreton, Ashbourne, Belper, Buxton, Derby, Matlock, Ripley
Nearby villages: Alderwasley, Ambergate, Atlow, Bonsall, Bradbourne, Brassington, Carsington, Crich, Cromford, Highpeak Junction, Hognaston, Hulland, Idridgehay, Ireton Wood, Kirk Ireton, Kniveton, Tansley, Turnditch, Whatstandwell, Winster
Have you decided to visit Wirksworth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Wirksworth bed and breakfast (a Wirksworth B&B or Wirksworth b and b)
- a Wirksworth guesthouse
- a Wirksworth hotel (or motel)
- a Wirksworth self-catering establishment, or
- other Wirksworth accommodation