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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
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.