Tissington - Page 1 - Village Views
w/e 27 May 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The Green

Any book or travel guide about Derbyshire worth its salt is bound to mention Tissington Village, some three or four miles north of Ashbourne. One particular tome that I possess describes it as "the loveliest village in Derbyshire" and another as "a gem, too beautiful for its own good". So just what is it about the village that attracts hordes of visitors every year? Well for one thing, it could be the triangular green crossed by a stream - the ice cream van is only a temporary feature!
Village Pond

Then, overlooked by stone built buildings, there's the village pond, replete with resident waterfowl whose number has recently increased by at least eight.

The Church

And on the elevated ground overlooking the green is St Mary's Church. Although extensively restored, it still retains some of its Norman origins and indentations around the stonework of the south doorway arch bear witness to the sharpening of arrowheads. This dates from the fourteenth century when all able-bodied men were required by royal decree to practice their skills with the long bow on Sunday afternoons. Targets were set up in the churchyard and spare bows and arrows were stored in the church.
Tissington Hall

Another attraction in the village is the ancestral home on the Fitzherbert family, Tissington Hall. The Fitzherberts have lived in Tissington Hall for over 500 years although this Jacobean building only dates from the seventeenth century. The earlier Hall stood on the opposite side of the road. The family headed by the ninth Baronet, Sir Richard Fitzherbert, now opens up the Hall several times during the year for pre-booked groups to enjoy a guided tour of both the Hall and the gardens. Further details and dates of the open days can be found on the Tissington Hall website.
Cottage & Garden

Not all the buildings in Tissington though are as grand as the Hall although some of the cottages with their lovely well-tended gardens are just as desirable for those with more modest ambitions.

There are also a number of family run shops in the village including the White Peak Farm Butchery which was doing a brisk trade in sausage rolls, black puddings and Cornish (Derbyshire variety of course) Pasties. The sign on the lintel above the door proclaims that it is a licensed slaughterhouse - I trust that only relates to animals as the shop also sells local beef, pork, lamb and home produced bacon.
Organic Lawn Mower

It's not in every village that you see a scantily clad lady watching an organic lawn mower but I did wonder if this sheep was earning a stay of execution by keeping the grass short. It was only a few steps from the butcher's!
Rakes Lane

But attractive as the village is, it's probably none of the above that entice coach loads and cars full of visitors to Tissington towards the end of May each year. Nor is it the fare on offer at the Old Coach House adjacent to the Hall on Rakes Lane that can be enjoyed under cover or outside in the open air on the wide grass verge. This year we met people from as far away as Shrewsbury and Birmingham and others had probably travelled even further. It is of course the Well Dressings that grace the village from Ascension Day. The dressings last for about a week and there were still lots of people about in the village several days later on Tuesday when all these images were captured and if, like them, you would like to see the wells then click below.

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