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Towns and Villages of Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park

Alfreton
Alport
Alsop-en-le-Dale
Alstonefield
Ambergate
Ashbourne
Ashford in the Water
Ashover
Aston on Trent
Bakewell
Barrow on Trent
Bamford
Baslow
Beeley
Belper
Biggin
Birchover
Blackwell
Bolsover
Bonsall
Boylestone
Brackenfield
Bradbourne
Bradley
Bradwell
Brailsford
Brassington
Bretby
Bullbridge
Butterton
Buxton
Calver
Carsington
Castle Donington ( Leics )
Castleton
Chapel-en-le-Frith
Charlesworth
Chelmorton
Chesterfield
Church Broughton
Clay Cross
Clifton
Coton in the Elms
Coxbench
Cressbrook
Crich
Cromford
Cubley
Curbar
Cutthorpe
Dale Abbey
Darley Abbey
Darley Dale
Denby
Derby
Doveridge
Dronfield
Duffield
Earl Sterndale
Eckington
Edale
Edensor
Edlaston
Egginton
Elton
Elvaston
Etwall
Eyam
Fenny Bentley
Findern
Flagg
Flash
Foolow
Foston
Froggatt
Glossop
Grassmoor
Great Hucklow
Great Longstone
Grindleford
Grindon
Hartington
Hassop
Hathersage
Hayfield
Heage
Heanor
Heath
Higham
Hilton
Hognaston
Holbrook
Hollinsclough
Holloway
Holmewood
Holymoorside
Hope
Hopton
Horsley
Hulland Ward
Idridgehay
Ilam
Ilkeston
Ironville
Kilburn
Kings Newton
Kirk Ireton
Kirk Langley
Kniveton
Leek
Little Eaton
Litton
Little Longstone
Long Eaton
Longford
Longlane
Longnor
Lullington
Mapperley
Marston on Dove
Marston Montgomery
Mapleton
Matlock
Matlock Bath
Mayfield
Melbourne
Milldale
Milford
Middleton-by-Youlgreave
Middleton by Wirksworth
Milton
Monyash
Morley
Morton
Muggington
Netherseal
New Mills
Newton
Newton Solney
Norbury
Ockbrook
Old Brampton
Osmaston
Over Haddon
Overseal
Parwich
Pentrich
Pilsley
Pinxton
Quarndon
Radbourne
Repton
Riddings
Ripley
Rosliston
Roston
Rowsley
Sawley
Scropton
Shardlow
Sheldon
Shirland
Shirley
Smalley
Smisby
Snelston
Somersal Herbert
South Normanton
South Wingfield
Stanley
Stanton by Bridge
Stanton in the Peak
Stoney Middleton
Stretton
Sudbury
Sutton on the Hill
Swadlincote
Swanwick
Swarkestone
Taddington
Tansley
Tibshelf
Ticknall
Tissington
Thorpe
Tideswell
Trusley
Turnditch
Tutbury
Twyford
Walton on Trent
Warslow
Wessington
West Hallam
Weston on Trent
Weston Underwood
Wetton
Whaley Bridge
Whittington
Whitwell
Willington
Wingerworth
Winster
Wirksworth
Yeaveley
Youlgrave

There are hundreds of towns and villages in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. In the northern part of the region, the towns and villages are often quite isolated and built of the abundant native stone.

The southern half of the region consists mostly of rich agricultural lowlands, through which flow the Rivers Dove, Derwent and the Trent. Stone is generally a rarity so its villages tend to consist of cottages built of red brick with occasional half timbered walls and thatch roofs, as opposed to the whitish grey stone cottages of the limestone plateau or the warm gritstone cottages on the moors and shale valleys further north. Each village offers a variety of architectural styles, from manor houses to simple terraced cottages.




Some of the villages in this area of Derbyshire lie on the banks of the River Trent and came into being when Anglo Saxon adventurers sailed up the river over 1000 years ago. Later, castles were built along the Trent as it was seen as the boundary between the civilized south and the more barbarian north. These are long gone but communities grew up around them that still exist, like at Melbourne, now a large vibrant southern Derbyshire village.

Many of the villages were mentioned in Domesday. They mostly belonged to the King with an individual placed in charge. They were mostly simple agricultural communities that consisted of a few farmsteads, a church and a mill. Some were owned by the Church but many of these were passed onto great families at the time of the dissolution of the monastries. Many of these families have remained associated with the villages for centuries and some villages were built to serve the needs of great estates that built up.

Many of our present day villages have very unique and varying characters. There is nearly always some focal point, whether it be a school, church, pub, village hall or just a shop. Many have all these and much more. Most have plenty of community spirit, sometimes dampened by the loss of a village school, or the closing of post office or shop. Generally, villagers will get together for special occasions like Well Dressing or an annual fete.

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Tourist Information Centres

Many of the villages above also offer external links to their own local websites.

For maps on any of the above villages try www.streetmap.co.uk

For historical maps try Old Derbyshire Maps



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