Litton is a small village lying 2km East of Tideswell. It is situated in a picturesque area just to the east of Tideswell and the eastern end of the village overlooks Tansley Dale and Ravensdale, a National Nature Reserve. It is a popular area for walkers.

Litton's derivation is as the historical seat of the Lytton family, who settled here shortly after the Norman conquest. Sir Gilbert de Lytton accompanied Richard III on the crusades and his descendants held many sovereign positions including Sir Rowland de Lytton, who served Elizabeth I. Subsequent to the Lyttons the land passed down through the Alsop, Bagshawe, Upton and Statham families as well as Lord Scarsdale.

Originally a lead-miners' village, Litton mostly comprises small cottages, though there are some fine large houses and several old buildings, including one house dating from 1639. In the eighteenth century it had a flourishing stocking making industry. There is a village green with an ancient cross and a pair of stocks. In Litton Dale the remnants of an ancient medieval field system, with long narrow fields, may still be seen.

There is a pub, the Red Lion, and a small shop. Litton has a well dressing in late June.


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Litton Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
Litton village green
0 - Litton village green
Litton - traditional dancing in Wakes week
1 - Litton - traditional dancing in Wakes week
2 - Litton
Litton - Tansley Dale walls
3 - Litton - Tansley Dale walls
Litton - Tansley Dale flowers
4 - Litton - Tansley Dale flowers
Cressbrook Dale - view of Peter's Stone
5 - Cressbrook Dale - view of Peter's Stone
Cressbrook Dale
6 - Cressbrook Dale
7 - Tideswell
Tideswell Church - medieval womens graves
8 - Tideswell Church - medieval womens graves
Tideswell Church - carving by Advent Hunstone
9 - Tideswell Church - carving by Advent Hunstone
Tideswell Church - the tomb of Thurstan de Bower
10 - Tideswell Church - the tomb of Thurstan de Bower
Tideswell Church in snow
11 - Tideswell Church in snow
Tideswell Church
12 - Tideswell Church
Local places of interest

Bagshaw Cavern

Bagshaw Cavern, a cave system in Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. A largely natural cave system discovered by lead miners in 1806. Open to the public on summer weekends as a show cave and for Adventure Caving.

Eyam Museum and Plague Village

Eyam Museum and the Plague Village, Eyam, give a history of the tragic 1665-6 visit of the Bubonic Plague to this village in the Derbyshire Peak District.

Monsal Head

Monsal Head, a famous Derbyshire Peak District beauty spot with a magnificent view down Monsal Dale and up the Wye valley.

Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is Derbyshire Peak District cycle trail which follows the path of the former Midland Railway from Wye Dale to a point beyond Bakewell, mostly following the River Wye.

Tideswell Church

Tideswell Church, Derbyshire, is known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak' because it is the largest and most beautiful church in the area. It has several fine carved tombs.

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