Carsington parish highlighted within Derbyshire
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Carsington has a long history, including Roman occupation (an old Roman settlement now lies beneath the reservoir). In prehistoric times, woolly rhinos lived in the area; the remains of one such animal were discovered nearby in the "Dream Cave" adjacent to the Callow and Hopton end of Summer Lane in the late twentieth century.
The Channel 4 archaeology series Time Team once visited Carsington to investigate the archaeology and ancient remains in the pastures, where they visited a cave, discovered by the Pegasus Caving Club, full of ancient human bones.
Today, Carsington has one pub, the Miner's Arms; a primary school; the community is primarily composed of a strong commuter and retiree contingent to replace the traditional agricultural, mining and quarrying community.
Another key event is the Annual Calendar Auction, where an un-knowing local inhabitant has a calendar featuring 12 different images of themselves created then sold off to the highest bidder, in aid of Charity. For 2012 a local 'stud' was chosen to the delight of many local female inhabitants. A heavy mix of alcohol and pheromones lead to an unexpected bidding war, and resulted in a three figured sum. the shortlist for the 2013 model is under debate.
Carsington Reservoir, opened in 1992, stores water from the River Derwent and is operated by Severn Trent Water. It is open all year for recreation, with an extensive cycle path, several bird hides, a water sports and sailing centre. Inside the visitor centre are a trail, several specialist shops and a café/restaurant.
- (1991 Census)
- There has been some discussion about the whereabouts of a Roman city known as Lutudarum. Anton Shone has recently published a well-referenced paper on the possible location of Lutudarm (link broken January 2015): "Origins and History of Wirksworth: Lutudarum and the Peak District before the Norman Conquest" http://www.conferencesdirect.co.uk/clacton/Lutudarum.pdf
- "Carsington Detbyshire". Channel 4. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
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