Welcome to Eckington Heritage Walks
This Roman settlement was first formally recorded in the will of Wulfric Spot (1002AD), a noble man associated with King Ethelred the Unready, where it was referred to as Eccingtune meaning Ecca's or Ecci's farm. The Domesday survey of 1086 records the Parish of Eckington as being divided between two manors, belonging to both Ralph FitzHubert, and the Royal Manor of Newbold. While ownership passed successively between 1086 and 1862, from 1804 the Sitwell family became Lords of the Manor, and still resides in the parish to this day, at Renishaw Hall.
While agriculture formed the basis of Eckington’s early economy, industry become the driving force behind forming the modern town, with evidence of iron working as early as 1415, Eckington was situated at the centre of many natural resources including coal, ironstone and the driving power of the waterways. In addition to this, supporting industries including stone quarries, brick makers, pottery, weaving and spinning wheel manufacture were recorded, all contributing to a thriving market town.
The town began to grow rapidly at the end of the 18th century. Records from 1789 indicate there being 172 houses in the Eckington Township, but by 1841, 254 houses were recorded, and the population expansion that accompanied the industrial revolution soon followed.
During the industrial revolution of the 19th century a foundry was established in the heart of the town, on Stead Street. This was served by many local collieries, including Hornthorpe Colliery located near Eckington Marsh, Plumbley Colliery and Renishaw Park Colliery, which closed in 1989.
Whilst having undertaken an industrial upbringing, Eckington has retained much of its founding architecture, together with the natural beauty associated with the Moss Valley.
We hope you will enjoy the scenic views and historic points of interest along each of our heritage walks.
Our Heritage Walks
Foxton Dam Walk
Chapel Wheel Dam Walk
Boiley Farm Walk
Mosborough Village Walk
Please observe the Countryside Code when attempting these walks, the code can be found by clicking here.
1. Cottages & Collaborations
The ornate and statuesque gazebo style garden at the Staveley Road end of Southgate is a rare remaining testament to a great meeting of minds. A young Sir Edwyn Lutyens, and world renowned gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, became friends in the late 1800’s, before creating the garden around the turn of the 20th Century. Adjacent, stands Caldwell cottage, the last remaining thatched cottage in Eckington.
2. Foxton Trade, Tragedy & Tradition
Now a scenic fishing lake, Foxton Dam originally provided water power to surrounding industry, but safety practices of the time also lead to loss of life. Foxton woods played a duel role in Eckington’s development, as old coke ovens toiled by the colliery
workers are still evident today; the woods were also used by the elite as a playground for fox hunting.
3. Hornthorpe Colliery
Operating from 1880, and owned throughout its life by J. &.G. Wells, Hornthorpe Colliery employed some 440 men below ground, and 96 men above, and benefitted greatly from investment in combining the new and old transport methods, which became available in the parish at the time.
4. Eckington Past and Present
The change face of Eckington over the years has today given us a mix of both old architecture and contemporary buildings, within our conservation area. This offers a timeline showing the growth and prosperity of Eckington’s incredible past, and an insight of the transition to new designs, building techniques and materials used in modern times.
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1. Angel Hotel And the “Heart” of Eckington
Eckington’s commercial centre during the boom years of the iron and coal trade, the investment of the past is clear to see in the buildings developed around the narrow lanes and streets, routes thought to have originated in Roman times.
2. St Peter & Paul’s Church
Dating back to the 12th Century, St Peter & Paul’s Church is Grade I listed, and one of the oldest buildings in Derbyshire. Originally built from wood at the time of the early settlement, refurbishment and extensions have kept this local landmark at the heart of the community for almost a millennium.
3. Seldom Seen Engine House
Eckington Plumbley colliery is also known locally as 'Seldom Seen', due it unusual location concealed within the picturesque Moss Valley. The 15 metre high engine house has an intimidating and haunting aura, especially as it can seem to appear from nowhere, while walking towards it.
Ford is a local beauty spot, in the trough between Ridgeway and Marsh Lane. At the heart of the Moss Valley, Ford has fishing lakes, open fields, a local pub and the River Moss, making it hard to find a more enjoyable place to spend an afternoon with friends and family, or to find your own space in the country air
5. WW2 Decoy in the Woods
Woodland is often associated with both danger and protection, and Ince Piece Wood on the edge of Eckington provided both during World War II, when lighting was hung in the trees, as a decoy for German bombers, away from surrounding towns, industry and infrastructure..
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Please keep checking our website, over the next couple of weeks as the rest of our relaxing and enjoyable walks come online with full video tours.
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Guidelines when visiting our Walks
Please follow the countryside code:
Please consider road safety, and adhere to the Green Cross Code:
Please consider the ability of your group prior to following each walk, which include hills, steps, gates & styles. Adverse weather may also affect the condition of the pathways, along each walk. All heritage walks follow dedicated public footpaths and bridal ways, and are undertaken
at your own risk.
The cemetery is open between 8am and 6pm, and cannot be accessed outside of these hours. The cemetery also operates a ‘guide dogs only’ policy.
Toilet facilities may be made available to you at public houses, near to, or along each route. This is entirely at the Landlord’s discretion, and please be considerate with regard to rules concerning children, dogs and muddy boots. There are toilet facilities at Eckington swimming baths & Eckington Library, near to the starting point of each walk. These are also available entirely at the manager’s discretion. Please check opening times, as required.
Various free car parks are available near to the starting point of each walk.
A barcode reader app, such as Google Googles, is required on your mobile device, to scan QR barcodes en route, and watch video relating to the heritage walks. Watching the heritage walk videos may be subject to charges, relating to your data plan. Please ask the bill payer’s permission before scanning QR codes.
Signal strength in remote locations may also vary depending on your service provider.
Suitable/appropriate footwear and clothing for walking in the countryside is highly recommended.
We would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support
on our project, without their assistance, our project would not be possible.
Films produced by Compress Media, in association with Natural Eckington.
Music produced by Humm Music Productions.
Artwork, printing and Website by Coral Sign and Print Shop
Acknowledgements to "Eckington & Renishaw Conservation Charter Statement" and
"People & Places of the Eckington District".