Horsley - Part 02 - From School To Church
w/e 02 June 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Part 01 ended at the school on the corner of The Dovecote and Church Street which is where we resume for this second and concluding part.


Directly opposite The Dovecote and forming a minor crossroads with Church Street is French Lane. On the corner of French Lane diagonally across from the school is the second of the three fountains. The adjacent plaque following restoration in 1998 reads "These fountains provided the first piped water to Horsley and were donated by the Rev. Henry Wilmot Sitwell in 1864. The Sophia was named after the Rev Wilmot Sitwell's wife , Blanche and Rosamund after two great nieces born that year." This is slightly confusing as information elsewhere states that the fountains were named after "daughters of the Sitwell family" but this plaque obviously adds more detail to that statement.

Weathered Stonewrok

It is possible to make out the name Blanche in the weathered stonework of this fountain.
Village Hall

It is on record that French prisoners of war were detained in Derbyshire during the Napoleonic Wars and somewhere in the dark recesses of my memory I recall being told some time ago that several where housed in Horsley. Internet searches and visits to the local library have so far been unable to confirm this but if my assumptions are correct, it could be that some French prisoners may have resided in the cottages on the left hand side of French Lane. On the right hand side of the lane some building work is currently taking place. In these days when many buildings are being converted into residential properties I was assured by builders on site that the Village Hall is being "rebuilt".
Recreation Ground

Behind the Village Hall is the Recreation Ground which as this picture shows appears to be well used by the local children.
Pillar Box

Returning to the corner of French Lane and across from Blanche is another stone structure. This is the Horsley pillar box and is thought to be not only unique in Derbyshire but also in the country. A plaque now fixed to the structure reads "This unique pillar box was built in 1869 from Coxbench stone for the village of Horsley. It ceased to be used in 1887. this plaque was placed in commemoration of the Queen's Silver Jubilee."
Church Street

It is but a short walk now from French Lane to the end of Church Street but it is worth noting in passing that another of those linking footpaths to other villages leads from French Lane to Coxbench and also the ruins of Horsley Castle about a mile to the south.
Chestnut Tree

At the end of Church Street at the Village Green, Horsley Road veers off to the right (north) and a large chestnut tree stands on the corner.

It is at the foot of the chestnut tree that the third fountain, Sophia, is located. Another plaque repeats the information seen earlier including the fact the the erection and pipe laying were carried out by Mr Crump, engineer of Derby.
Horsley Road

Horsley Road leads to Kilburn passing the white building on the left which is now called Ship Farm. Previously and many years ago, this was the village's second pub, The Ship Inn.
Chapel Cottage

Overlooking the green though, and Sophia, are two cottages. The stone cottage on the right was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel but was converted into a residential dwelling in the first decade of the 21st century. It is now called Chapel Cottage.

Stone Plaque

High up on the front of the cottage and obscured by the leaves of the chestnut tree in the previous image is a stone plaque inscribed "Wesleyan MDCCCXLV" the Roman numerals in modern parlance being 1845.

St Clement's Church

Our walk through Horsley concludes at the end of Church Street and at the Parish Church of St Clement's. The church has its origins in the year 1200 but dates mainly from the early 14th to mid 15th centuries. It was rededicated in 1450 and restored in 1858-60. When Napoleon Bonaparte was flexing his muscles around 1800, Squire E. S. Sitwell formed a "Home Guard" with volunteers from Horsley Woodhouse and the surrounding area. I didn't actually spot it whilst taking these photos but apparently some damage to the church's tower was caused by the poor marksmanship of the Squire's men. I think if I am right about French prisoners living in the village, they would have been pretty safe in this pleasant little community.
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