An ancient parish 7 miles north east of Chesterfield. While parts of Barlborough are new built, including the Ibis Hotel and Dobbies Garden Centre, the older parts of the village still retain their charm.
One of the most notable buildings is Barlborough Hall, designed by Robert Smythson who was also the architect for Hardwick Hall built by Bess of Hardwick, the Countess of Shrewsbury. Barlborough Hall bears some resemblance to Hardwick with symmetrical towers to either side and many windows. The Hall was built for Sir Francis Rodes and it's from his family that the De Rodes Arms pub in the village takes its name. For the past two centuries, the Grey Lady is reputed to have walked the corridors of Barlborough Hall, although the building is now a private school.
Sir Francis's agent, John Savile, also had a hall built in Barlborough which, although built at a similar date to Barlborough Hall, became known as the Old Hall. It fell into disrepair and was bought in 1981 by the Derbyshire Historic Building Trust who restored it and sold it as a private dwelling in 1987.
Picture of the Church and South Gate Lodge at Barlborough were taken by Michael Whitehead.
SK 384711 53.23554 -1.42613
Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow A616 (signposted Chesterfield/Worksop). At roundabout take 1st exit (A619 signposted Worksop). At next roundabout (De Rodes Arms) take 1st exit (Church Street) follow road to High Street.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At traffic lights, go straight on. as approach next roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road for approx 4 miles to M1 motorway junction. At roundabout take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30) then follow route from North/South.
: 9 miles from Chesterfield station
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted