The Parish of Holmesfield includes leafy countryside, dramatic moorland scenery and an unequalled display of rhododendrons in the Cordwell Valley. It isn't surprising then that part of the Parish is in the Peak District National Park.
Settlement at Holmesfield dates from the Stone Age and it is possible that the first church in the village pre-dates the Norman Conquest. Both this church and the new church, built in 1826, were dedicated to St Swithin, who was a trusted friend and advisor to King Alfred.
The village is recorded as Holmesfelt in the Domesday Book of 1086 and it was owned by Walter Deincourt, who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. It has been home to some famous people including Sir John Wolstenholme who built Cartledge Hall (not open to the public) and founded the Virginia Company, Francis Burton, Lord of Dronfield and Sheriff of the County in 1669, who lived in Holmesfield Hall (again not open to the public), and Henry Fanshawe who was Queen Elizabeth's Remembrancer. His job was 'To put the Lord Treasurer and Barons of the Court in remembrance of such things as were to be called upon and dealt with for the benefit of the Crown'. He lived in Fanshawe Gate Hall and, although the Hall isn't open to the public, the beautiful gardens are open under the National Gardens Scheme each year.
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Main Road, Holmesfield, DRONFIELD, Derbyshire, S18 7WT
Map reference: SK 324777 Lat: 53.29526 Long: -1.51535
Accessible by Public Transport : 3 miles (4.8 kms) from Dronfield station
|Sun 19 May 2013||GHB Ward Walk|