Holmesfield parish church and The Angel public house
Holmesfield shown within Derbyshire
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|District||North East Derbyshire|
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|UK Parliament||North East Derbyshire|
Holmesfield is a village and civil parish in the English county of Derbyshire. The name "Holmesfield" means "raised pasture-land" and is of Norse and Anglo-Saxon origin. Viking influences are also evident with many road names suffixed by "gate", the old Norse word for "way".
Holmesfield is sited at approximately 800 feet (240 m) above sea level on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with extensive views from the village over the surrounding hilly terrain. The village includes a number of farming hamlets such as Millthorpe situated above the neighbouring Cordwell Valley.
Holmesfield is well-provided with amenities, including a village hall, a riding school, a Victorian built primary school and four public houses (The Rutland Arms, The Horns Inn, The George and Dragon, and The Angel).
John Frescheville, 1st Baron Frescheville, was in 1645 ordered to pay an annuity to the Vicar of Holmesfield Church, as part his fine, for being on the losing side in the civil war.
St Swithins parish church can be seen from much of the surrounding area. The main church was built in 1826 but has seen further work in recent years with the vicarage being added in 1999. Still visible in the grounds are the remains of a stone cross from around 641 AD, which would have replaced an original wooden cross erected by monks to mark the place where they would preach. Other notable buildings in the village include Holmesfield Hall, dated 1613, with additions built in the 18th century, and Woodthorpe Hall, a large 17th century, gabled manor house, dating back to 1636.
- Edward Carpenter, Socialist
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