The Parish of Holmesfield includes leafy countryside, dramatic moorland scenery and an unequalled display of rhododendrons in the Cordwell Valley. It isn't surprising then that part of the Parish is in the Peak District National Park.
Settlement at Holmesfield dates from the Stone Age and it is possible that the first church in the village pre-dates the Norman Conquest. Both this church and the new church, built in 1826, were dedicated to St Swithin, who was a trusted friend and advisor to King Alfred.
The village is recorded as Holmesfelt in the Domesday Book of 1086 and it was owned by Walter Deincourt, who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. It has been home to some famous people including Sir John Wolstenholme who built Cartledge Hall (not open to the public) and founded the Virginia Company, Francis Burton, Lord of Dronfield and Sheriff of the County in 1669, who lived in Holmesfield Hall (again not open to the public), and Henry Fanshawe who was Queen Elizabeth's Remembrancer. His job was 'To put the Lord Treasurer and Barons of the Court in remembrance of such things as were to be called upon and dealt with for the benefit of the Crown'. He lived in Fanshawe Gate Hall and, although the Hall isn't open to the public, the beautiful gardens are open under the National Gardens Scheme each year.
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Leave M1 motorway at Junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round 'Crooked Spire' Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round roundabout. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051). Follow road to Barlow (approx 3 miles). Continue through Barlow village to Millthorpe (approx 1½ miles). Turn right at Royal Oak pub onto Millthorpe Lane (turns into Cartledge Lane). Follow road to Holmesfield, turn left (B6054). Angel Pub and Church are on right.
Take A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow directions from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning left onto Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and turn right at traffic lights. Follow road straight on through all traffic lights. At roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (passing multi-storey car park). At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051), then follow route from North/South.
: 3 miles from Dronfield station
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted