About this image
In the distance is the tower of St Peter's church.
The Parks is the last remaining section of the large medieval Royal deer park and manor, one of several parks in the Royal Forest - densely wooded areas enclosed with a fence, where deer could give birth to their young in safety.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.