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Tintwistle from Hadfield
Tintwistle is located in Derbyshire
 Tintwistle shown within Derbyshire
Population 1,401 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SK0297
District High Peak
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLOSSOP
Postcode district SK13
Dialling code 01457
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament High Peak
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Coordinates: 53°28′20″N 1°58′21″W / 53.4723°N 1.9724°W / 53.4723; -1.9724

Tintwistle /ˈtɪnsʊl/ is a village and civil parish in the High Peak district of the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,401. The village is just north of Glossop at the lower end of Longdendale Valley. Tintwistle, like nearby Crowden and Woodhead, lies within the historic county boundaries of Cheshire.


Tintwistle was, until 1974, part of the Tintwistle Rural District in the administrative county of Cheshire. After 1936, it shared the rare distinction of being a rural district in England consisting of one parish. In 1974, when the Local Government Act 1972 came into force, the nearby urban areas of Cheshire were placed in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. Placing Tintwistle in the new non-metropolitan county of Cheshire would have left it an exclave. Instead it became part of the High Peak district of the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire.


Tintwistle sits at the western end of the Longdendale valley and is divided in two by the busy A628. The older part of the village sits on the northern side of the road, set back on the valley side. Some buildings in the old part of the village are said to date back to the 16th century, including the Bull's Head. public house. A section of the village is within the Peak District national park boundary and is designated a conservation area. Most of the buildings in the newer parts of the village are of the Victorian period or later and sit closer to, or to the south of the A628, towards Hadfield.

Local events[edit]

The well in the old part of the village is decorated every year as part of the custom of well dressing. There is also a Children's Gala held each summer.


Tintwistle has 2 football clubs, Tintwistle Athletic FC, a community charter standard club, who challenge in the Lancashire & Cheshire AFL and also have 15 junior teams. There is also a sunday Tintwistle Village team. It is home to Tintwistle Cricket Club.[1]

Tintwistle hosts an annual race around the local reservoirs in which young and old from the village and surrounding areas compete. The children's race has been won twice by "Tinsleonian" Lyam Bradley who is joint record holder with Kurtis Lindsay who has also won it twice.[citation needed]

Culture and community[edit]

Tintwistle is home to 2 brass bands:

  • Arnfield Brass, based at Tintwistle Liberal and Working Mens Club on Church Street
  • Tintwistle Band, based at the Band Room on Old Road

Notable locals[edit]

  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE (born 8 April 1941) — fashion designer famous for bringing punk and new-wave fashions into the mainstream. She was born and lived in Tintwistle and attended Glossop Grammar School.[2]
  • Andrew (AJ) Harris, the cricketer, is from Tintwistle.