Belph

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Belph
Whitwell Colliery spoil heap - 117679.jpg
Whitwell Colliery spoil heap, Belph
Belph is located in Derbyshire
Belph
Belph
Belph shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK553758
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORKSOP
Postcode district S80
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Derbyshire
53°16′34″N 1°10′19″W / 53.276°N 1.172°W / 53.276; -1.172Coordinates: 53°16′34″N 1°10′19″W / 53.276°N 1.172°W / 53.276; -1.172

Belph is a village or hamlet in the District of Bolsover, Derbyshire, England. It is part of the Welbeck Abbey Estate, on the edge of Sherwood Forest. The village is 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of Hodthorpe, 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of Whitwell and 3 miles (4.8 km) south-west of Worksop (where the population is listed). The village is the easternmost settlement in Derbyshire.

The village has two parts, Belph Village and Penny Green. Belph Village consists of about 30 houses either side of a single lane. A number were originally farmhouses; all except Springfield Farm are now private homes.

Penny Green consists of a row of 8 labourers' cottages built in the 1900s on the Whitwell Station Road, and a large stone cottage. The latter was once the Portland Arms (a pub). On the Creswell Crags Road are Brook Cottages, three stone-built 19th-century cottages.

An area of the village known as the "Millash" was located where a stream flows from a natural fault. The ruins of two mills survive, the rest of the hamlet being buried under a spoil tip left by the now defunct Whitwell Colliery.

Etymology[edit]

It has long been thought that the name Belph is a corruption of the Norman French/Saxon "Bulgh" meaning forest stream.[citation needed]