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

Over View


Roof top 4

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,

Roof top 3

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.

Mixed housing

Or maybe the towns folk of Wirksworth just sort it out by amicable arrangement.

Roof top 2

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.

Cat in street


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.

7 thoughts on “Over View

  1. Thanks for a fascinating series of posts, and interesting photos, on Wirksworth.
    The links have been most informative as well. xx

  2. Yep Wirksworth certainly has character for sure and your pictures have portrayed it beautifully.
    I like those worn steps. You just couldnt re create those steps like that
    The Barton bus company have ben around for as long as I can remember and once had its depot just near my house

  3. I’ve really enjoyed this series, Uhdd. It just reinforces my desire to visit your area some day.

  4. What a lovely trip – I’ve enjoyed every step of it. What a lovely old town.

  5. What an enchanting rooftops! And the photo with the cat at the end of the road. It must be wonderful to live in such a storybook setting.

  6. It is realy interesting to see these (nice) photos, and read your text.

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