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.