The bridge that connects Elvaston to Borrowash
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Elvaston is a small village and civil parish in Derbyshire, England. The parish also includes two hamlets, Ambaston and Thulston, and a modern housing estate, Boulton Moor. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 Census was 1,801. Located to the south-east of Derby, Elvaston itself is dominated by Elvaston Castle, a country house which is currently in the ownership of Derbyshire County Council, who plan to lease the site to a private company. The move has proved controversial, attracting a petition of 60,000 signatures against the proposals collected by the Elvaston Castle Estate Trust, who want to keep the site in public ownership. At the present time the Castle is rarely open to the public and has been somewhat neglected, while the grounds are open throughout the summer.
In 1086, the Domesday Book says
”The land of Geoffrey Alselin
In Alvaston and Ambaston Thulston and Elvaston Toki had ten carucates of land to the geld. There Geoffrey Alselin has now two ploughs in demesne; and a certain knight of his one plough. There 32 villans have 15 ploughs. There is one priest and a church and a mill rendering 12 shillings and one smith and 52 acres (210,000 m2) of meadow and a little scrubland. TRE worth twelve pounds now ten pounds. “
- Anthony Blackwall was a vicar here
- Geoffrey S. Dawes, physiologist lived in Thurleston Grange as a boy
- William Darwin Fox, Early work on dinosaurs and introduced his second cousin Charles Darwin to the study of insects, was born near here in 1805
The hamlet of Ambaston is located about one mile east of Elvaston close to the River Derwent.
The hamlet of Thulston is immediately south of Elvaston on the B5010 road. The Harrington Arms is the only public house in the parish and is a local landmark in Thulston.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- Geoffrey Alselin held a considerable number of manors including several in Derbyshire given to him by the King. These included obviously Ambaston, Elvaston, Alvaston and Thulston, but also land in Etwall, Ednaston, Hulland, Egginton, Breaston and Ockbrook
- TRE in Latin is Tempore Regis Edwardi. This means in the time of King Edward before the Battle of Hastings.
- Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.750
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