DERBY CHURCHES -
ST BARTHOLOMEW - ELVASTON
The pretty village of Elvaston, dominated by its castle and gardens, together with Thulston and Ambaston make up the parish of Elvaston. Despite its close proximity to the southern fringes of Derby, the area remains rural in character with several working farms in the neighbourhood. Thulston the largest of the three, has the only pub, Elvaston has the church, the village hall and the castle and grounds. Ambaston is tucked away close to the River Trent.
The first recorded settlers in the parish were the Saxons, but they were not the first to live in the area. Gravel workings at the neighbouring village of Shardlow, have revealed Iron Age artefacts. A small remnant of a twelve-foot long oak boat that was exposed by spring floods at Shardlow quarry in 1999, is on exhibition at the Heritage Centre. The boat, probably dates from the middle Bronze Age, about 1300 BC.
At the time of the Domesday Survey, Elvaston was just a church, corn mill, blacksmith and 52 acres of land. There is no longer any trace of the original building, but the chancel dates back about 800 years. An extensive restoration took place in 1847, in which the tower was gutted and two bells recast.
St Bartholomew’s Church is close to the castle. It has a fine perpendicular west tower and marks can still be seen on Sir John Stanhope’s tomb, made by the Roundheads’ swords. Only a short distance from the church is Elvaston Cricket Club’s impressive tree-lined ground and new pavilion. The club played at Lords for the first time in 1994, when they won the National Village Cup. They have made rapid strides in recent years and are now one of the leading teams in the county.
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CHURCH - ELVASTON
St Bartholomew’s Church is close to Elvaston Castle. It has a fine perpendicular west tower and marks can still be seen on Sir John Stanhope’s tomb, made by the Roundheads’ swords.
ELVASTON COUNTRY PARK
The Country Park has over 200 acres of woodland, parkland and formal gardens and is the home of the Elvaston Local Nature Reserve.
There is a caravan site close to the entrance of the park and the land to the north is used to stage events including the County Show and Elvaston Steam Rally.
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The pretty village of Elvaston, dominated by its castle and gardens, together with Thulston and Ambaston make up the parish of Elvaston. Despite its close proximity to the southern fringes of Derby, the area remains rural in character with several working farms in the neighbourhood.
After passing round the perimeter of the gardens at Elvaston Castle, this level, easy walk takes you out to the River Derwent and back. The starting point of this three and a half mile walk is the car park at the castle.
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