Image: Derbyshire Peak District village of Wirksworth, old building close to the Market place of this former lead mining town of iron age origin.Wirksworth is one of the oldest settlements in Derbyshire, just outside the boundary of the Peak District National Park, having been a site of human occupation for 2000 years.

The first written history comes from Saxon times but it is known that the Iron Age Celts had settled here at the crossroads of two ancient trading routes, used by the Saxons as ‘portwegs’ or portways to use the modernised version of the word. The Romans were possibly the earliest lead miners in the region, when they departed, the abbey at Repton owned the mining rights. One of the symbols of Wirksworth is the Saxon carving of a miner, carrying a pick and kibble (ore basket). This was found at Bonsall and incorporated into the church during the late 19th century. Miners were referred to as 'T'owd man', so this carving is known by the same name (see the mining section for a picture).

To find out more about the history of this ancient Derbyshire town, visit the Wirksworth Heritage Centre.

Image: looking down over the town of Wirksworth.

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Staying in the Wirksworth area - Great walking, cycling, climbing on limestone at Wildcat, Willersley and Harboro Rocks. Easy access to the Peak District. With places like the charmingly converted historic Dovedale Cottage, the more modern Kingfisher, overlooking Carsington water itself, and the detached grade II listed South Sitch Cottage, just south of Wirksworth, you can treat yourself to a relaxing time. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, the impressive New Bath Hotel is about 5 minutes away at Matlock Bath, close to the children’s theme park of Gulliver’s Kingdom. For Bed and Breakfast, try the homely Wild Cherry B&B.

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Peak District Derbyshire - Wirksworth Town

A Derbyshire town on the southern boundary of the Peak District.

Formerly a lead mining centre and surrounded by limestone quarries, Wirksworth is a bustling and lively town. The town is definitely not rooted in the past and is a lively place, with museum, Leisure Centre with pool, gym, climbing wall and other facilities, Skate Park, Library, miniature and full size restored railways, the National Stone Centre, Post Office and an assortment of shops. Annual events include a Carnival in May, Well Dressing and the Wirksworth Festival in September. The festival is a two week treat of art, music, theatre, street theatre, workshops and other activities. Accommodation in the Derbyshire Peak District.

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