Longnor is a former market town which lies close to the upper section of the River Manifold. The village clusters around the cobbled market place with its pubs and former market hall, now a craft centre. The front of the market hall lists the tolls charged for making sales here - four pence to sell a sheep, for instance.
The church lies on higher ground just above and is notable for the interesting epitaphs on its tombstones, which include that of William Billinge who was born in a cornfield in 1679 and died at Longnor in 1791, aged 112. The headstone is not the original one, for this crumbled and had to be replaced.
The former market place is surrounded by pubs and hotels of which the largest is the Crewe and Harpur Arms, named after the family of local landowners. There is also a village store.
In recent years the village has gained a certain fame through being the location for the filming of much of the TV series 'Peak Practice'. Afficionados can readily identify Dr Tom's House, The Beeches Surgery, The Black Swan and other landmarks of the series around Longnor village.