As you might guess from its name, elm trees were once a major feature of the village and gave it its name. Today, the main connection with trees is the Elm Tree Inn, one of the oldest buildings in the village.
There is evidence that people have lived in the area since the Ice Age but, by the time of the Domesday Survey, Elmton was much the same size as it is today - a tiny linear village with houses clustered along its one and only road. Elmton's main claim to fame is that Jedediah Buxton, the legendary mental calculator, was born there in 1707. Although illiterate, Buxton was considered a 'human calculator'. He travelled to London to display his abilities to work out areas of land from simple pacing.
Elmton's registered 'Village Green' has international importance because of a rare species of grass that grows there. Almond trees were planted here to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee in 1977. They replaced the elm trees planted in 1887 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, which were destroyed by Dutch Elm disease.
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Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow A616 through Clowne to Creswell. Go under railway bridge and take 2nd right turn (Elmton Road). Follow signposts to village which has just one road through it.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. When carriageway divides select right lane and, at next roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway Junction roundabout and take 1st exit onto motorway (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (30) then follow route from North/South.
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted