Hopton, Derbyshire

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Hopton is located in Derbyshire
Hopton shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK257532
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
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53°04′37″N 1°37′01″W / 53.077°N 1.617°W / 53.077; -1.617Coordinates: 53°04′37″N 1°37′01″W / 53.077°N 1.617°W / 53.077; -1.617

Hopton is a small village adjacent to the market town of Wirksworth in the Peak District, it is first mentioned in Domesday book in 1086 as a berewick (supporting farm) of the town and manor of Wirksworth and its two main industries from ancient times have been farming and lead mining.

Hopton lies just off the main road from Ashbourne to Wirksworth at the northern end of Carsington Water.

The village had a long association with the Gell family who had extensive lead mining interests in the Wirksworth area and lived at Hopton Hall. Notable members include Sir John Gell who was a Parliamentarian in the English Civil War and Sir William Gell who was an archaeologist.

The famous Hopton Incline of the Cromford and High Peak Railway (now part of the High Peak Trail and Pennine Bridleway) is about 1 kilometre north of the village.

Modern Hopton is a rather straggling village with a number of houses some of which are popular for self catering activities for tourists visiting the Peak District, Wirksworth and Carsington Water.

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