Kirk Ireton is a picturesque village, nestling on a hillside, 700ft above sea level, 4 miles south of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Kirk Ireton is believed to mean 'Church of Irish Enclosure' and the village is possibly where Celtic missionaries originally settled.
Kirk Ireton was an agricultural village till the late 20th century, when the number of working farms dropped from 9 to 1 in the space of 25 years. Many of the farm buildings have been adapted into desirable residences. Much of the older part of the village dates back to the 17th century and is mostly built from gritstone, quarried locally.
One of the oldest buildings in the village is the Barley Mow pub, which was one of the last premises in the country to accept decimalization, as the 87 year old landlady, a Mrs Ford did not hold with the new money.
Kirk Ireton's Holy Trinity Church dates back to Norman times with the earliest parts being the the 3 bayed south and north arcades. The tower and the chancel are Perp. It has an interesting custom known as 'roping for weddings', when the village children put a rope across the road and the bride and groom are not allowed to leave the church until a toll has been paid in silver by the groom.
Kirk Ireton village still celebrates a Wakes week, which starts on Trinity Sunday, the church's patronal festival. A procession of villagers is led by a local brass band, from the Barley Mow pub to the church for thanksgiving.
Please also visit Derbyshire Photographs for more photographs of Kirk Ireton