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Revolution House

Type:Museum

High Street
Old Whittington
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S41 9JZ
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Revolution House in April 2017

About

It was the dark year 1688 when rumour and unrest muttered up and down the country and James II sat uneasily on the throne of England.

On bleak and windswept Whittington Moor stood an alehouse called the Cock and Pynot (a dialect word for magpie). Through the rain, three horsemen rode to this remote place, stepped inside and started plotting to overthrow the King.

These men were the Earl of Devonshire from nearby Chatsworth, the Earl of Danby, and Mr John D’Arcy. Between them, they raised support in the North and Midlands, and planned to offer the Crown to James’ daughter Mary and her Dutch husband William.

William and Mary landed at Torbay in November 1688. The country rose in support and James fled to France. The Revolution was over, but the alehouse at Whittington still stands, with its thatched roof and flower border, and its intriguing name – Revolution House.

Today, Revolution House has a display of 17th Century furniture, a video on the Revolution of 1688 and a programme of events throughout the summer.

The House also opens at Christmas with traditional decorations, flower displays and a carol concert.

Small groups accepted by prior arrangement. Disabled access to ground floor only.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free of chargeFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2018

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access - Wheelchair access to first floor only. Second floor reached by steep set of stairs.

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking - On street parking available

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups - Maximum in party 12

Opening Times

Season (31 Mar 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
Season (13 Dec 2018 - 24 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Season (27 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Thursday - Monday11:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout select right hand lane and take 4th exit (A61). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (J E James Cycles) select right hand lane and take 4th exit (B6025, signposted Eckington). Continue up hill for approx ½ mile and turn left onto Church Street North. Then turn right into High Street. Revolution House on left.

From East Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 from Bakewell to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61 (signposted Sheffield). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61), then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station - Chesterfield (3 miles)

Bus numbers 25, 50 and 50A from New Beetwell Street or Cavendish Street, Chesterfield

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Thursday, 13th December 2018 - Thursday, 13th December 2018

Carol Singing at Revolution HouseCarol SingingCome along for traditional carol singing with Holymoorside Band at the Revolution House which has been decorated for a 17th Century Christmas. Flower arrangements by volunteers.
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Thursday, 13th December 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Thursday, 27th December 2018 - Monday, 31st December 2018

Victorian dress in greeneryChristmas at Revolution HouseSee Revolution House decorated for a 17th Century Christmas with greenery and a kissing bough, and colourful flower arrangements. Don't miss the first floor displays based on clothing.
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Exhibition: A touch of glassAn exhibition looking at the history of glass making in Chesterfield.
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Meet the BeesDiscover the world or bees and beekeeping with Chesterfield Beekeepers Association in garden at Revolution House.
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