The pretty village of Wormhill lies in Derbyshire, surrounded by the most stunning Peak District countryside. It is an ancient settlement, with a fascinating if rather grisly history of wolf hunting dating back to the 14th Century, when this part of the Peak District was within the Royal Forest of the Peak. The last wolf in England was reputedly killed at Wormhill Hall in the 15th Century.
today is a peaceful, pleasant place with a large village green and a set of
ancient stocks. To the side of the green
is an impressive memorial to James Brindley, the renowned civil engineer and
canal builder, who was born in 1716 in Tunstead, just outside the village. The village well is also dedicated to James
church of St Margaret’s is a picturesque building, set in peaceful
woodland. It has a medieval tower dating
from 1273, although this has been altered and extended over the centuries. The unusual helmet steeple was added to the
tower when it was raised, and is one of only two in England in this style. The churchyard contains the base of an ancient
village cross, a listed monument, now with a sundial mounted on top. It also contains an unusual pyramid-shaped
the village of Wormhill is the beautiful Hargate Hall, a grand Victorian
residence set in extensive parkland, now used for holiday accommodation, weddings
and private functions.