The small village of Sheldon in the Derbyshire Peak District, perched high above the River Wye, is an absolute gem. Surrounded by stunning White Peak limestone countryside, it is a cluster of characterful stone cottages on a hill, mostly built along one single lane.
The village is an ancient one, recorded in the Domesday Book
of 1086, and became an important centre for lead mining in the 18th and 19th
Centuries, at which time its population boomed.
Magpie Mine, located just outside the village, is the most complete
example of an 18th Century lead mine remaining in the Peak District, probably
in the UK. Dating from the 1730s, it is
now preserved as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the old winding house and
chimney can still be seen.
The village today is much more peaceful and idyllic than its
industrial past suggests. Sheldon has a
wonderful country pub, The Cock and Pullet, which serves good food and has a
wonderfully cosy atmosphere. Although it
looks old and fits perfectly into its surroundings, The Cock and Pullet was
built in 1995, replacing the original village pub, The Devonshire Arms, which
is now a private house. The village also
has a pretty parish church, St Michael and All Angels, built in 1864 using
stone from the demolished Chapel of Ease.