The village of Harthill lies just over the county boundary in South Yorkshire. It's main industry was farming, although Harthill also has a history of quarrying whetstones for sharpening knives.
The Domesday Book of 1086 recorded that Harthill had 11 villagers and 13 freemen. The village was part of the estates given to William de Warenne after the Norman Conquest. Later it came into the possession of the Duke of Leeds, Thomas Osborne.
Thomas Osborne was the Earl of Danby, the same Earl who met with the Earl of Devonshire from Chatsworth and Mr John D'Arcy on the moors at Whittington near Chesterfield. They took shelter from the rain in the Cock and Magpie alehouse and began to plot their part in the Revolution of 1688. James II was on the throne but he wasn't popular with the Anglicans and the plan was to invite his daughter, Mary and her Dutch husband William to take the throne. In fact, it was Danby who had arranged the marriage of the Princess Mary to William of Orange.
William and Mary arrived at Torbay in November 1688. The country rose in support and the Revolution was over. But the alehouse at Whittington still stands with its intriguing name - Revolution House.
For his part in the Revolution, Thomas Osborne was created Duke of Leeds in 1694, the same year that the Earl of Devonshire became the Duke of Devonshire. Osborne is buried in the Crypt at All Hallows Church in Harthill.
All Hallows Church is important in its own right as it was commissioned by William de Warenne and dates from 1085, although the Tower is 14th Century.
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Leave M1 at junction 31 take A57 (signposted Worksop). At traffic lights (Red Lion Pub on right) turn right through Todwick. Follow road to T junction and turn left then immediately right (Hard Lane). Go straight on into Harthill.
Follow A57 from Worksop. At traffic lights (Red Lion Pub on left) turn left through Todwick. Follow road to T junction and turn left then immediately right (Hard Lane). Go straight on into Harthill.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and go straight on at traffic lights. When carriageway divides select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 1st exit (A61 signposted Sheffield). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco's) select right lane and take 3rd exit (A619 signposted Worksop). At next roundabout (Sainsbury's) select right lane and take 2nd exit (A619). Follow road through Brimington and Staveley to Barlborough. At roundabout take 2nd exit (A619). At next roundabout (De Rodes Arms) take 1st exit. Follow road to T junction, turn right then 1st left. Follow road into Harthill village.
: 12 miles from Chesterfield station
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