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The hamlet of Ripelie was first mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, however the most radical changes which began to shape the Ripley of today came with the Industrial Revolution. In 1790 the Butterley Ironworks was established. In the year 1793 the Cromford Canal was completed: Jessop and Outram of Butterley were the engineers. The Ironworks at Butterley was the first huge change in the local landscape and there were experiments in transport. Outram and Jessop made cast-iron rails and Brunton porduced the 'mechanical traveller' which hauled trams along the new tramways (The Brunton Walking Frame). There are many working monuments to the work's expertise, most notably the roof of St Pancras Station, many bridges worldwide including the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia and more recently the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift. Weekly markets are held in the town, which were established by Royal Charter in the 13th Century. Present day shoppers would be amazed at the market before the Great War which continued to trade almost until midnight with many shoppers not buying until the late night bargains were announced. Close to the town is the Midland Railway-Butterley, which is so much more than just a railway with its remarkable heritage colllection.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointDisabled accessDisabled toiletsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted



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Map reference: SK 397505  Lat: 53.05028 Long: -1.40920

Ripley can be accessed from M1 southbound junction 28, then A38 westbound, from M1 northbound junction A610 westbound.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Alfreton station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted