Renishaw, a pretty village in the north of Derbyshire, is most famous for Renishaw Hall, the home of the Sitwell Family for the last 400 years.
The village appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Ravenshorn. Originally it was an agricultural village but iron founding might have started here as early as the 11th Century.
Renishaw Hall was built in 1625 by George Sitwell. The family had been landowners in the nearby village of Eckington for around 800 years, from the days of Walter Cytewel. It was Roger Sitwell who bought land rich in coal and iron in 1530 and laid the foundations for the family's future wealth. These holdings passed to George Sitwell who, with his son Francis, were forerunners of the Industrial Revolution. By the middle of the 17th Century, they handled one tenth of the nation's iron trade and were the greatest makers of iron nails in the world!
Today, Renishaw Hall is better known for its gardens, set out early in the 20th Century by the eccentric George Reresby Sitwell. George was the father of three remarkable children - Dame Edith Sitwell, Sir Osbert and Sir Sacheverel Sitwell.
Renishaw was also a mining village and holds a particular place in the history of coal mining in Derbyshire. Renishaw Park Colliery was the last pit to close in 1989.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A6135 (signposted Renishaw). Follow road for approx 2 miles to Renishaw.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. When carriageway divides select right hand lane and, at next roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway roundabout and take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave the M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
: 8 miles from Chesterfield station
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted