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Carsington village
Derbyshire UK parish map highlighting Carsington.svg
Carsington parish highlighted within Derbyshire
Population 251 (including Godfreyhole, 2011)
OS grid reference SK250534
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MATLOCK
Postcode district DE4
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Carsington is a village in the middle of the Derbyshire Dales, England; it adjoins the hamlet of Hopton, and is close to the historic town of Wirksworth and village of Brassington.

According to the 1991 Census, the population was 111,[1] increasing to 251 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Carsington has a long history, including Roman occupation (an old Roman settlement now lies beneath the reservoir).[3] 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 20th 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.[4]

Carsington today[edit]

Today, Carsington has one pub, the Miner's Arms, and a primary school. The community is primarily composed of a strong commuter and retiree contingent to replace the traditional agricultural, mining and quarrying community.

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.


  1. ^ (1991 Census)
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  3. ^ 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"
  4. ^ "Carsington Detbyshire". Channel 4. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 53°04′41″N 1°37′37″W / 53.078°N 1.627°W / 53.078; -1.627

External links[edit]

Media related to Carsington at Wikimedia Commons