Litton is a small but spacious attractive village, situated in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, at 1000ft above sea level, 4 miles North West of Bakewell.
Litton has an attractive village green with its ancient cross and village stocks, surrounded by an equally attractive collection of stone built cottages dating mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries.
There are many scattered remains of lead mining and small limestone workings near the village. Some of these have been adapted as picnic sites by the Peak District National Park as part of their extensive operations to return eyesores in the dale to a state of natural beauty and provide public amenities there.
William Bagshawe (1628-1702) was born in Litton. He was a non-conformist minister who later became the vicar of Glossop and earned the title 'Apostle of the Peak'. After the Restoration of Charles 11 as king, Bagshawe, and others like him were forced from their living, and despite having several warrants issued against him, he continued his ministry from the houses of his supporters. He is buried in the chancel of Chapel -en-le Frith Church.
The combined school, church and library was built by Canon Samuel Andrews, Vicar of nearby Tideswell, in 1865, and Christ Church, designed by W.H.R Blacking, standing aloof from the main street, is a modern construction, built in 1929.
Litton Mill, some distance away was founded as a cotton mill in 1782 and has an infamous history of mis treatment of its young apprentices, many of whom died, especially when under the cruel direction of Ellis Needham & Co. It is now a derelict building still standing by the River Wye.
Litton has an annual Well Dressing festival, which incorporates a Wakes festival. The Red Lion public house is a popular pub in the centre of the village.
Holiday Accommodation in the Litton Village area
Monks Retreat Holiday Cottages - Spacious, beamed, quiet but not too isolated, lovingly maintained, and overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in the Peak Park, the cottages are situated where Millers Dale meets Monks Dale - a conservation area of outstanding natural beauty, renowned for its excellent walking with a network of paths leading directly from the door. There are paths of all grades from very easy to more challenging past towering limestone cliffs and along peaceful rivered dales. Our farm trail leads to a ridge walk with views of 7 dales.
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Rockingham Lodge B&B - Nick & Gill Brelsford welcome you to Rockingham Lodge, an Eighteenth Century former Inn, ideally located for walkers or cyclists.
All of our three rooms have flat screen televisions and tea and coffee making faciltities and there is a large guest lounge available at all times for the use of guests with a wood burning stove for those colder winter nights.
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Merman Barn B&B is a converted limestone barn on the quiet outskirts of Tideswell, only a short walk from the village centre. There is private parking for up to 6 cars at the rear of the property and a walled garden in which guests can relax.
Merman barn is a high quality B&B where Linda and Andrew offer a warm welcome, good food, 3 en suite comfortable rooms and a guest lounge. There is a quiet area for Internet access, private parking and a walled garden. We welcome walkers and cyclists.
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Please also visit Derbyshire Photographs for photographs from Litton village