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This article is about the village in Derbyshire. For other uses, see Bamford (disambiguation).
Bamford Green.
Derbyshire UK parish map highlighting Bamford.svg
Bamford parish highlighted within Derbyshire
Population 1,184 
OS grid reference SK207835
District High Peak
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district S33
Dialling code 01433
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament High Peak
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Bamford (also known as Bamford with Thornhill) is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, England, close to the River Derwent. To the north-east is Bamford Edge, and to the south-east the location of the water treatment works covering the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. Though locally Bamford is described as being in the Hope Valley, it is technically in the Upper Derwent Valley. According to the 2011 census it had a population of 1,241.[1]


Its name is recorded in the Domesday Book as Banford, and likely came from Anglo-Saxon Bēamford = "tree-trunk ford".[2]

The parish church of St John the Baptist was built c. 1860.[3] There are also Methodist and Catholic churches in the village.

The village graveyard also contains some re-interred graves from the nearly villages of Derwent and Ashopton which were drowned following the creation of Ladybower Reservoir.[4]

Bamford water mill has been turned into flats but some of the original machinery still remains.


The village has a sculpture trail and, in mid-July, there is a well-dressing festival. Bamford has four public houses, the Derwent Hotel (now a self-catering venue), the Anglers Rest, the Ladybower Inn and the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, the latter once home to former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves.[5] The village also had a weekly Youth Club held in the Memorial Hall until September 2010.[6]

In October 2013 The Anglers Rest was jointly purchased from the pubco owners Admiral Taverns by over 300 people from the local area as Derbyshire's first community-owned pub.[7] The Bamford Community Society raised the money needed to buy the Angler's, which will be run as a community hub, listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Government's Localism Act, which also offers a daytime café and houses the local post office.


Bamford hosts a village carnival, normally on the third week of July. The carnival takes place throughout the week, with the Committee arranging various events for each day, including the whole family. The carnival is centred on the well dressing. The blessing of the well takes places on the Sunday and is followed by the crowning of the Queen, Princess and Rosebud in the church. The following Wednesday hosts the Senior fell race which many runners attend, including running groups from Yorkshire. Other events include the junior fell race, teen group challenge, car treasure hunt, village history fair and pub quiz. The Saturday hosts the actual carnival day. The procession travels from "the old road" and parades through the village and ending at the recreation ground, where games and entertainment for the whole family are arranged. The queens arena is a huge event that many come to watch. The carnival parade encourages children to dress up and floats to be made, fitting with the theme of the year. Two bands take part in the procession: Castleton Brass Band is invited every year, along with a visiting band that changes each year.


The village is served by Bamford railway station on the Hope Valley Line and by a regular bus service from Sheffield to Castleton.

Bamford is known as the Gateway to the Hope Valley from Manchester and the north-west as it provides the only road through to the Hope Valley from the A57 GlossopSheffield road over the Snake Pass.


Across the valley is Thornhill Hall, once the seat of the Eyres who were a large family of landed gentry in this part of Derbyshire.

Further up the valley are the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden dams.

Nearby are the villages of Shatton, Bradwell (well known for its ice cream), Hope, Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton, famous for its Blue John stone.


  1. ^ "Area: Bamford (Parish)"
  2. ^ "Bamford". Key to English Place-names. English Place Name Society/INS at the University of Nottingham. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1986. The Buildings of England:Derbyshire. page 81. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
  4. ^ Hallam, Vic, (1989) Silent Valley: The Story of the lost Derbyshire villages of Derwent and Ashopton: Sheffield, Sheaf Publishing, ISBN 0-9505458-9-9.
  5. ^ ""
  6. ^ BamfordYC[dead link]
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Anglers Rest". The Anglers Rest. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 53°20′55″N 1°41′22″W / 53.3485°N 1.6894°W / 53.3485; -1.6894