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Edensor - Village Scene.jpg
Edensor is located in Derbyshire
 Edensor shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK251700
District Derbyshire Dales
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BAKEWELL
Postcode district DE45
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Coordinates: 53°13′37″N 1°37′30″W / 53.227°N 1.625°W / 53.227; -1.625

Edensor (pronounced Listeni/ˈɛnzər/) is a village in Derbyshire, England. It is the closest village to Chatsworth House and much of it belongs to the Dukes of Devonshire.


Originally the village was close to the River Derwent immediately below Chatsworth, but between 1838 and 1842 William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire had it moved out of sight[1] over a hill, apart from one cottage whose tenant did not want to move, which still stands in Chatsworth Park. The planning of the new village was overseen by Joseph Paxton (later Sir Joseph Paxton); in 1840 he was joined in designing houses by John Robertson.

The Chatsworth Estate office occupies a "fine brick building"[1] which was built as an inn for visitors to Chatsworth in the 18th century and attributed to James Paine. Many of the buildings in the village are listed buildings,[2] a few at the higher Grade II*, and the church at Grade I.

St Peter's church and churchyard[edit]


Edensor's parish church of St Peter's was expanded by Sir George Gilbert Scott for the 7th Duke of Devonshire in the 1860s. It contains a magnificent early-17th-century memorial to Bess of Hardwick's sons, Henry and William Cavendish.


Joseph Paxton is buried in the St Peter's churchyard,[1] as are most Dukes of Devonshire and their families, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy's sister Kathleen Kennedy, who was married to the 10th Duke's eldest son. Kennedy visited the grave during his presidency.

The churchyard also contains three Commonwealth service war graves of World War I: a British soldier, a British sailor and a Canadian Army officer.[3]


The hamlet of Dunsa lies to the northwest of Edensor at grid reference SK245704.


St Peter's Church from East Kennedy memorial in St Peter's churchyard

See also[edit]

  • Beeley—another Chatsworth estate village
  • Pilsley—also a Chatsworth estate village


  1. ^ a b c Pevsner, Nikolaus (1978). The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. revised Elizabeth Williamson. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. pp. 205–207. ISBN 0-14-071008-6. 
  2. ^ "Listed Buildings in Edensor, Derbyshire, England". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cemetery detail: Edensor (St Peter) Churchyard". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 7 October 2013.  Breakdown obtained from casualty record.

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