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Snelston 359685 2e9f73fc.jpg
The lodge and church
Snelston is located in Derbyshire
Snelston shown within Derbyshire
Population 202 (2011)
OS grid reference SK151434
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DE6
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
52°59′17″N 1°46′34″W / 52.988°N 1.776°W / 52.988; -1.776Coordinates: 52°59′17″N 1°46′34″W / 52.988°N 1.776°W / 52.988; -1.776

Snelston is a village and civil parish three miles south-west of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. It includes Anacrehill. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 202.[1] A tributary of the River Dove flows through its centre.

Toadhole Foot Bridge - this crosses the River Dove as it meanders through its wide flood plain. Beyond the river is Staffordshire.

The building in the foreground of the photo above is Lower Lodge which stands at the entrance of Snelston Hall. Beyond the lodge is St Peter's Church, Snelston.

Snelston Hall was built in 1827 and was demolished in 1951. The local squire, John Harrison had the village remodelled and a new school built in 1847. The village buildings were designed by the architect Lewis Nockalls Cottingham. This is now a model village.

The parish church of St Peter was substantially rebuilt (except for the tower) in 1825.[2] It is one of the few churches to have had dances regularly held on the roof.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Michael Sadler, MP, factory reformer, was born here in 1780.[4] He reformed the laws for children working in factories.
  • Hannah Allen, who suffered from religious insanity, was born here in 1638.



  1. ^ "Civil population 2011". Nerighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1986. The Buildings of England:Derbyshire. pp 319-320. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-071008-6
  3. ^ Bowyer, L.J. Rev. 1953. The Ancient Parish of Norbury. Ashbourne. J.B. Henstock. Page 29.
  4. ^ Michael Sadler at accessed June 2007

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