things to do nearby
Wheatcroft Nr. Matlock,
is a farm shop to savour - everything is high quality, fresh and well
AND GAME - they have a good selection of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, home
cured bacon and a fine range of sausages. Frozen game birds and venison
are also available fresh in season. All animals are humanely reared and
the meat is properly hung.
AND CHEESE - cooked meat and pate´ is made by their own chef in the Farm
Shop kitchen. Over 40 different Farmhouse Cheeses are available -
including some made from goats' and sheep milk.
- bread, scones and cakes baked fresh every day in their kitchen.
Decorated rich fruitcakes with your own message are available on request.
PRODUCE - in addition to fresh cream straight from the farm, they also
have their own dairy producing live yoghurt and traditional dairy ice
AND SPECIALTIES - headed by the beautifully packaged Duchess of Devonshire
range of preserves, chutney, teas and biscuits, there is also a finesse
equally at home in your larder or given as a gift.
AND COUNTRY WINES - English wines are now winning prizes in Europe for
their quality and Chatsworth Farm Shop is proud to offer one of the
largest selections in Derbyshire, together with many interesting country
parking available. Open all year round. April - October 9.00 am to 5.30
pm, November - March open 9.00 am 5.00 pm Tuesdays open 9.30am CLOSED
EVERY SUNDAY. Chatsworth Farm Shop, Stud Farm, Pilsley, Bakewell,
Derbyshire, DE4 1UH. Tel: 01246 583392.
crafted Denby Pottery takes its name from the village of Denby in the
heart of rural Derbyshire. Established in 1809, Denby has been creating
the finest quality pottery for almost 200 years. The earliest chapters in
Denby's colourful history books relate to the era of Joseph Bourne,
Denby's founding father, and the production of salt glaze ware. The
dedication of Denby's craftsmen and technicians through the ages has led
to the jewel-like glazes of today.
behind the pottery, is the special ingredient for all Denby products -
local Derbyshire clay. The clay is exceptionally smooth, and, when fired
makes an extremely strong and vitreous product. The unique combination of
raw materials, design capabilities and glaze expertise leads to a
distinctive Denby look.
used by the craftsmen in the 1800s are still in use today. You can see the
potters at work on Guided Tours of the famous Derbyshire Pottery.
Throwing, Turning, Casting, Handling and Glazing are but a few of the many
interesting processes on view.
seen the pottery being made, you can then trace its history down through
the ages in the Denby museum. Samples of the earliest products are on
view, together with the classics of more recent decades. The audio-visual
display system gives a less energetic way of seeing the Denby Story come
Finally, no trip to Denby would be complete without a visit to the famous "Factory Shop". Both "first" quality and "slight seconds" are available at bargain prices. Denby exports to countries throughout the world from the shop, VAT free, for eligible visitors. Denby Pottery Visitors Centre, Derby Road, Denby (situated on the B6179),Derbyshire DE5 8NX.Tel: 01773 740799
a few minutes from Catered Cottage John Smedley at Lea Mills is situated
between Cromford and Crich in a quiet and picturesque valley.
lambswool which is exclusive to John Smedley is made from the soft pure
wool of the Australian Merino lamb. The fleece is one of the finest and
most delicate of all the world's natural fibres and is, therefore, only
available in limited quantities. Yet, for all its softness and superb
comfortable handle, Verlana extra-fine Merino wool retains its original
resilience and beauty even after long wear, and the colours, ranging from
delicate shades through to rich lustrous tones, remain fast for the life
of the garment.
wool garments are knitted from high quality slub-dyed yarn spun by
Smedley's own spinning mill. Through the use of slub-dyed yarn the natural
properties of pure new wool are retained, particularly its beautiful soft
handle and, in addition, greater depth and consistency of colour.
Smedley's cotton is famous throughout the world as the most luxurious of
cotton. It is finer, smoother, stronger and softer than any other natural
lightweight fibre. They offer a wide choice of end of range and seconds at
very competitive prices together with assorted accessories.
at Lea Mills near Cromford in 1784, John Smedley Ltd celebrated their
Bi-Centenary in 1984 as manufacturers of Fine English Knitwear and Worsted
Spinners. Lea Mills was built by Peter Nightingale, the great uncle of
Florence Nightingale and the "Lady of the Lamp" spent many years
just a stone's throw from the mill at Lea Hurst. She visited the works to
give help and advice to employees.
with Peter Nightingale in this enterprise was Thomas Smedley. The
connection with the Nightingale family continued for a great many years
and Florence has made that side of the family very famous.
who know Matlock will certainly be familiar with the name of Smedley. The
second John Smedley was undoubtedly a philanthropist of the highest order.
It was he who built the world famous Smedley's Hydro with the associated
hospital for the treatment of rheumatism. He built churches too, and of
course the well known Riber Castle..
of the few remaining companies to comb and spin top-quality wool yarns
from the raw state, the craftsmen and women of John Smedley still adopt
the principles handed down from generation to generation in controlling
every process of manufacture right through to the finished garment.
heritage makes the fine-gauge fully-fashioned knitwear of John Smedley
renowned throughout the world.
Lea Mills Factory Shop is open to the public 7 days a week 10 am - 4 pmJohn Smedley Ltd., Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5AG. Tel: 01629 534571. Fax: 01629 534691.
Street, Tutbury, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9NG. Tel:
Tutbury Crystal is a supreme expression of the magnificent and beautiful
art of the traditional glass blowers and cutters of this country, an art
in which Britain proudly leads the World. We believe the quality '-Of our
table suites and fancy goods is unsurpassed and that you will grow to
appreciate more and more the outstanding beauty of these magnificent
pieces as time goes by.
Tutbury Crystal is a supreme expression of the magnificent and beautiful art of the traditional glass blowers and cutters of this country, an art in which Britain proudly leads the World. We believe the quality '-Of our table suites and fancy goods is unsurpassed and that you will grow to appreciate more and more the outstanding beauty of these magnificent pieces as time goes by.
over five centuries the age old techniques for achieving the finest
quality hand-made, hand-cut Crystal have been employed by glass making
craftsmen in and around the small and ancient town of Tutbury in the North
East corner of Staffordshire. The origins of, or reasons for establishing
a glass making in the area are not recorded
in the history books: It is, however, possible that glass making
was associated with the historic Tutbury Castle, high upon the hill above
the town, and in which Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1569 before
meeting her fateful end on the executioner's block at Fotheringay.
its origins in time, what is known is that in more recent decades, fine
hand-made, hand-cut crystal, made in the old Tutbury glass factory, has
found its way into millions of homes in Britain, and in almost every
country of the World, and still takes pride of place in the homes and
palaces of the most discerning of collectors of fine tableware and vases.
Town, which has such a magnificent history in glass making, however,
suffered a major setback in 1980, when the old glass factory, under the
control of a major fatinal company, was closed due to the economic
recession , putting 150 employees out of work. Sadness and frustration at
being unable to put their skills to good use led a group of the past
employees to talk about buying and re-opening the factory and, after
protracted negotiations with the owners, production was proudly
recommenced under the name of Tutbury Glassworks Limited, on 4th March,
the new and now localised management and with a policy of producing full
lead crystal, of a quality equal to the finest in the world, Tutbury once
again established itself as a Ieader in quality hand-cut crystal using
skills in the making art which have been handed down from father to son
and which, together with centuries of experience go into the
production of every piece of beautiful hand-made crystal that leave
Examine any piece of Tutbury Crystal: feel it 'weight; notice the purity of the glass, the clarity and the sparkle; compare the depth of cut and the amount of cutting on the glass and you'll soon realise what makes Tutbury Crystal so special! Add to all this the quite exquisite designs hat available, and we feel sure you will agree that Tutbury Crystal, in all respects, is a supreme example of beautiful British craftsman ship and amongst the finest crystal available today.