Swanwick is an old Derbyshire village which doubled its size to around 5000 during the 20th century Coal mining was an important industry and provided work for centuries. Stocking manufacture was another. The Elliot family manufactured quality silk hosiery and kept the domestic framework knitting industry going into the 20th century, later than any other village in the county. The manufacture of footwear also died in the 20th century with only the Boot and Slipper pub left as a reminder that it ever existed. The Hayes, a large stone house built in the 1850's and set in 95 acres of land with beautiful gardens, was once the home of the maternal great, great grandfather of the Duchess of York. It is now a large residential conference centre which welcomes thousands of visitors. During the war it was a prisoner of war camp for a brief period and featured in the film 'The One That Got Away'.
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Swanwick can be accessed from the M1exiting at junction 28 then taking westbound A38, coming off at the Swanwick exit.
: 3 miles from Alfreton station
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted