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Tissington village is the ancestral home of the FitzHerberts and dates back to Saxon times.

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Highlights - well dressings, ridge and furrow ploughing and a cycle/walking trail.

Tissington is an estate village that is well known in the Peak District for its well dressings and the cycling/walking trail that bears its name. The Tissington trail actually begins at Ashbourne and meets the High Peak trail close to Parsley Hay. The line opened in 1899 with three trains daily between Ashbourne and Buxton. Local farmers produce was transported to the market by train. Passenger services stopped in the 1950's but the line continued to carry freight until its closure in the days of the Beeching cuts. The station became derelict and was demolished by the Peak Park to create the car park for the trail.

The recorded history of the village dates back to 1042 when it seems to have comprised a community of Saxon farmsteads. There is a large quantity of deeply cut ridge and furrow hereabouts.

It is suggested that Tissington is the place of origin of the custom of well dressing (which gives thanks for a supply of clean water) in the first half of the fourteenth century. Tissington well dressing begins on ascension day. Tissington hall is a fabulous building, darkly foreboding yet impressive. It looks as if it should be the setting of a classic Peter Cushing horror film! It is the home of the FitzHerbert family and has been so since the 17th century.

The Church is in an impressively elevated position, overlooking the heart of the village. At first glance you may think there is a superb Saxon cross in the graveyard - it is much more recent memorial to the FitzHerberts. The masonry of the tower is noticeably different to most of the rest of the church and that is because it is older - Norman I think. The doorway looks old too, and inside you will find a crudely carved Norman tub font. The carvings may come from a Norman Bestiary (religious book containing spiritual allegories based on the actions of beasts and birds). The window next to the pulpit is a fantastically detailed Noah’s Ark depiction.

The newest buildings are probably the railway cottages which date from the start of the 20th century. The village economy relies on tourism with tea rooms and obligatory craft shops plus accommodation.

Below - Tissington Hall, the Norman font and the Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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