Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Grammar School


Once it was Wirksworth Grammar school, founded in 1576 it’s sited next to the church.


Now it is two apartments, the lower of the two is on the market, the curious may take a look at the ultra cool interior, it is probably not what you expect from the exterior, but be warned, if (like ours) your home is littered with the accoutrements of family life you might find its minimalism  a little depressing.


The conversion has won several architectural awards, but being a listed building much of the original  detail of the historic building is protected

Roof detail

And the gargoyles continue to keep a keen eye on the comings and goings of Wirksworth

Roof detail 1

I wonder who they are modeled on.

From a collection of posts about the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth,

they start here


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “The Grammar School

  1. I am flummoxed. I’ve read this whole series through at least twice and I can’t escape the feeling that Wirksworth resembles a certain Township Rock of my acquaintance. I am particularly fixated on Sally Botham’s photo that looks for all the world as if the present owner of the Grammar School Apartment is a Mr. Potemkin. I think I have to go take a nap.

  2. I think now a days such schools are really important, thanks.

  3. Beautiful architecture for such old structures. The school is amazing.

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