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Glossop nestles in the foothills of the Pennines in Derbyshire , with Bleaklow to the northeast and Kinder Scout to the south. Glossop is about 13 miles north of Buxton and 13 miles east of the city of Manchester with a direct rail link to that city. The town is twinned with Bad Vilbel in Germany.

Glossop was occupied by the Romans and there are the remains of a Roman fort standing on high ground above the River Etherow, named Ardotalia by the Romans, but renamed Melandra. The extensive site has been excavated, revealing fort walls, a shrine and the fort headquarters. The site has been landscaped to provide parking and picnic areas.

At Domesday there were twelve villages listed in the Glossop parish. It became the property of the monks of Basingwerk Abbey in North Wales. Later on, it became the property of the Dukes of Norfolk. In the nineteenth century it was an important cotton mill town with one of the mills owned by Edmund Potter, the uncle of Beatrix Potter. In the early part of the 20th century, the Glossop Estate was sold by the Dukes of Norfolk, and Glossop became a town in its own right.

Old Glossop is the name given to the original old town on the eastern side of Glossop which itself was formerly called Howard Town. This is an attractive area with some fine 17th and 18th century cottages clustered around the Market Square and Cross. The parish church of All Saints is medieval in origin but little remains of the old church. The west tower dates from 1853 and the nave from 1915. It has an 18h century sundial.

Glossop town centre caters for most shopping needs and has an indoor market, open Thursday to Saturday and an outdoor market open on Friday and Saturday. Some shops close early on Tuesdays. There is wide range of accommodation for the many tourists that visit the region each year.

Glossop Heritage Centre is situated in Henry Street and hosts a range of regularly changing exhibitions which can include local history, arts and crafts as well as industrial heritage.

Manor Park, set in 60 acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes, offers crazy golf, putting, bowling and tennis as well as a miniature railway and children's playground. Howard Park, although smaller, is equally pleasant. Glossop Brook runs through the centre of old Glossop making the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll. There is an interesting history trail around Old Glossop, which is also the location of "Doctors Gate", a footpath which leads up the Snake Pass and Pennine Way.

Hadfield and Padfield are two former mill villages which lie just over the hill to the north of Glossop, overlooking the Longendale Valley. The villages merge into each other and mostly consist of neat terraces of gritstone-built terraced houses constructed in the heyday of the cotton industry in the late 19th century. This area was badly hit by the decline of the cotton industry in the 1960-70s but has recently rebounded, and much of the area is now occupied by Manchester commuters. Hadfield has recently achieved fame as the location where the BBC's 'League of Gentlemen' series was filmed.

North of Glossop is the Longdendale valley, with a chain of five reservoirs and the Longdendale Trail, a cycle and walking trail through this picturesque valley, part of the Trans-Pennine Trail long distance footpath.

South of Glossop are the villages of Hayfield with its Sett Valley Trail and Little Hayfield, overlooked by Kinder Scout and popular with walkers and mountain bikers. The mill at Little Haywood survives, though it has been converted into flats, and the pub here is called The Lantern Pike after the sharply pointed hill which overshadows the place.

Tintwistle was once a sleepy little village at the bottom of Longendale, but now has the Manchester - Sheffield A628 road thundering through and a substantial estate of newer houses has been built below the original village, doubling or trebling its size. Though there is little of interest in Tintwistle itself, it is a good base from which to explore the Longendale valley.

The old village is perched on the hillside above Bottoms Reservoir, the last of the Longendale reservoir chain. The main road now bypasses the old cvillage entre, which retains much of its old charm with rows of old cottages, a Methodist Chapel and a pub, the Bull Inn.

In recent years, Glossop has become quite well known musically, for staging Jazz Festivals and Global Music Festivals. Glossop also follows the tradition of well dressing, a local custom.

The designer Vivienne Westwood (attended Glossop Grammar School, former name of Glossopdale Community College)

Glossop railway station in Norfolk Street is the third busiest railway station in Derbyshire. For train times and facilities see www.nationalrail.co.uk

Doctors Surgeries in Glossop

Manor House Surgery Manor Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8PS Tel 01457 860 860
Simmondley Medical Practice 15A, Pennine Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6NN Tel 01457 862 305
Lambgates Surgery 1-5 Lambgates, Hadfield, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 1AW Tel 01457 869 090
Cottage Lane Surgery 47, Cottage Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6EQ Tel 01457 861 343
Howard Street Medical Practice Howard Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7DE Tel 01457 854 321
Simmondley Medical Practice 15A, Pennine Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6NN Tel 01457 862 305

Dentists in Glossop

Durgan & Ashworth Dental Centre 124, High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8HJ Tel 01457 865 241
Simmondley Dental Pactice 13, Pennine Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6NN Tel 01457 865 693
Hadfield Dental Care Ltd 73-75, Station Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 1DL Tel 01457 356 014
High Street Dental Clinic 70, High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8BH Tel 01457 864 069
Station House Dental Practice 1, Station Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8BT Tel 01457 852 004

For a list of Pubs and Clubs in Glossop see www.glossoppeople.co.uk

For holiday accommodation in the Glossop area , please see Derbyshire Peak District Accommodation

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Bulls Head pub
Bulls Head pub in Glossop
Cross in Old Glossop
Cross in Old Glossop
Queens pub in Old Glossop
Queens pub in Old Glossop
church of All Saints
Church of All Saints
the snake inn on the Glossop to Sheffiels road
The Snake Inn

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