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Wensley is a small village in South Darley parish in Derbyshire of limestone and gritstone properties mainly arranged along the single road which zig-zags through the village or around the square. The whole village, together with part of the adjacent Wensley Dale is a Conservation Area. Until fairly recently there was a Methodist Chapel, a village shop and two public houses, but these have all closed. The former school is now a village hall, Wensley Reading Room. Quite a few of the houses are holiday lets.
The nearest schools are South Darley Primary School, Winster Primary School, Elton Primary School and Darley Dale Primary School. Its nearest senior schools are Lady Manners School in Bakewell and Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire.
The 172 bus route of Hulleys of Baslow runs from Bakewell to Matlock, via Wensley, Darley Bridge and Darley Dale.
The villagers in Wensley were employed in the lead mining industry in the fields around the village in the 18th and 19th century after the London Lead Company obtained the mining rights in the 1720s.
- Sir Thomas Wensley (or Wendesley) (d.1403) of Wensley, five times a Member of Parliament for Derbyshire, in 1382, 1384, 1386, 1390 and 1394. He was a follower of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and was killed on 21 July 1403, fighting at the Battle of Shrewsbury for the Lancastrian cause. His effigy survives in All Saints' Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
- Stuff, Good. "Church of St Mary, Matlock, Derbyshire". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
- Welcome to Wensley, accessed 28 December 2008
- Biography of Wensley, Sir Thomas (d.1403), of Wensley, Derbys. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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