Wirksworths wealth was built on mineral extraction, especially lead mining, over a number of centuries, unlike many of the small towns around whose growth was a spin off of the industrial revolution and the textile industry. The ‘big house’ and home the Gell family, the gentry of Wirksworth was Hopton Hall (you may remember, I visited the house before, it’s the one with the snow drops and the sexy curvy wall) this has resulted in the town having real mixture of buildings styles,
built in a host of materials, sandstone, limestone and bricks of all shapes and sizes. Mr Uhdd says if he had to live in a town, he could cope with this one, but I’m not sure our solicitor could cope with us buying a house here, the sight of all the party walls, shared access and twiddly little ginnels would make him quite light headed, but the title deeds must make for interesting reading.
Or maybe the towns folk of Wirksworth just sort it out by amicable arrangement.
I’ll leave Wirksworth now, I’m sure I’ll be back another day; especially as the National Stone Centre is just up the road and you know me and stones.