AboutThe town of Dronfield lies midway between Sheffield and Chesterfield, and only 3 miles from the Peak District.
The first settlers in this area were probably attracted by the rivers, streams and woodlands. Traditionally, the Anglian settlement started on the site of the long, low, five-bayed building, now divided into several small shops, opposite the Parish Church. The Domesday Book of 1086 says very little about Dronfield, except to confirm its existence with a suggestion that it wasn't very valuable!
The Church of St John the Baptist was one of the richest livings in the Hundred of Scarsdale. Other historical buildings include the Green Dragon Inn (1349), once the hall of the chantry priests and the headquarters of the Guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the barn on High Street with its carved king post roof that may date to the 15th Century.
Dronfield benefited from its position on one of the routes from the lead mining and grindstone making areas of the Peak towards the transport network on the rivers to the east. Coal mining was important to the area with pits mentioned as early as the 16th Century. More mines were opened in the 18th Century and 19th Century but no trace of the coal industry remains today.
By 1811 steel refiner Samuel Lucas had set up a foundry exploiting his patent for malleable iron and, according to tradition, cannon balls for the Napoleonic Wars were made here. Today, one of the old foundries has been converted into the Forge Shopping Centre.
Dronfield has an unusual landmark - the Peel Monument on High Street. Built in 1854 as a tribute to Robert Peel, the monument commemorates his repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. It is probably the most photographed and sketched feature of the town.
Disabled toilets are located in the Dronfield Civic Centre.
Booking & Payment Details
- Cash Point
- Dogs accepted
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Disabled toilets
Map & Directions
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29. Follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout select right-hand lane and take 3rd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Little Chef) take 3rd exit (A61). Leave A61 by 1st exit and at end of slip road turn right (B6057). Follow road into Dronfield (approx 3 miles).
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, 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. At traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61. At next roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Little Chef) take 3rd exit (A61). Leave A61 by 1st exit and at end of slip road turn right (B6057). Follow road into Dronfield (approx 3 miles).
Accessible by Public Transport: Dronfield station is 0 miles away.