Eckington lies on the border between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Its name is of Saxon origin and means the township of Ecca. In Medieval times it was a small but important settlement, which was later transformed when coal deposits were found in the area.
Eckington is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Echintune, a manor given to Ralph Fitzhubert who was the ancestor of the Frechevilles and owned other manors in Derbyshire, including Whitwell. Echintune contained a mill, a priest and 14 villagers!
Eckington's history is dominated by the Sitwell Family who, down the centuries, have been its major benefactors. Their family seat, Renishaw Hall, built by George Sitwell in 1625, stands a mile or so east of the village. George made his fortune from coal and ironworks and, In the 1600s the Sitwells were the greatest makers of iron nails in the world. Many of these nails were made in nearby Eckington.
Thanks to the Sitwells coal and ironworks, Eckington was heavily industrialised by the end of the 19th Century and the village was fast approaching the size of a town. It was at the George pub in Eckington that the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Mining Association was founded in 1865. The 20th Century saw many changes. The scythe and sickle industries in the Moss Valley ended, the coal pits gradually closed and, finally, the ironworks went as well.
Today Eckington is a town with the heart of a village. New businesses and modern housing are replacing the industrial past and giving Eckington a new lease of life.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A6135 towards Sheffield (following brown signs for Renishaw Hall). Follow road for approx 3½ miles passing through Renishaw, going past Sitwell Arms Hotel on right and golf course on left to traffic lights at crossroads. Turn left onto B6052 into Eckington.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 North). Leave motorway at 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. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. Keep in left lane and, at roundabout select middle lane and take second exit, turning immediately left down slip road onto A61. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Little Chef) take 4th exit (B6052). Follow road for approx 4 miles to Eckington.
- Cash Point
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted