Tideswell (known locally as 'Tidza') is one of the most ancient settlements in the central Peak District and was granted a charter for a market in 1251 - these were held regularly until relatively recently. It was the site of the 'Great Courts' of the Royal Forest of the Peak in the time of Edward I and a few of the buildings along the main street have foundations which date from this period. However the major feature from the medieval era is the magnificent 14th-century church, known locally as 'The Cathedral of the Peak'.
This fine church was funded by the local wool trade and by lead mining - for Tideswell was a major centre for the lead-mining industry from medieval times to the nineteenth century. As the mining declined from 1850 onwards so did the population of the village and it has only started to recover in recent years.
The village still has a range of shops, cafes and pubs.
The nearby hamlet of Wheston is one of the smallest hereabouts with about 15 houses, mostly farms, and a hall which is reputedly haunted. There is an agricultural supplier here but no shops or amenities.
The main point of interest is the fine, recently restored 15th-century cross just on the western edge of the hamlet. Unusually, the cross is essentially complete despite its age. It is thought it once marked the boundary of the Royal Forest and has the Virgin Mary on one side and Christ crucified on the other.
Tideswell Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Wheston mediaeval cross obverse
1 - Wheston mediaeval cross
2 - Tideswell Church
3 - Tideswell Church - medieval womens graves
4 - Tideswell Church - carving by Advent Hunstone
5 - Tideswell Church - the tomb of Thurstan de Bower
6 - Tideswell Church in snow
7 - Tideswell
8 - Litton
9 - Litton - traditional dancing in Wakes week
10 - Litton village green
11 - Litton - Tansley Dale walls
Useful local links:Andrew's Coaches of Tideswell A major local coach firm, based in Tideswell.
Celebration Photography Wedding photographers based in Tideswell, Derbyshire
Tideswell Wakes Week Information on the annual Wakes week celebrations in Tideswell
Local places of interest
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.
Eldon Hole is one of the seven wonders of the Peak. It is the deepest local pothole; an alarming, evil-looking chasm in the side of Eldon Hill to the north of the village of Peak Forest, Derbyshire.
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, 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.