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The Rectory was built in 1720. It has a late Georgian stone front, 5 centre bays and 2 broad pedimented angle bays with Venetian windows and tripartite semicircular windows above. The present appearance of the house is due to the Rev Christopher Alderson, who also improved the grounds. The Gentleman's Magazine of 1795 says that he was so renowned as a garden improver that he was employed at Windsor as well.
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul dates from the year 1100, and it still retains the original Norman doorway, with perpendicular additions. The spire may be early 14th century.
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.