Last updated

Grindleford Sir William Hotel 005579 75384d5d 213x160.jpg
Sir William Hotel
Derbyshire UK location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location within Derbyshire
Population909 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Grindleford
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district S32
Dialling code 01433
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°17′31″N1°38′17″W / 53.292°N 1.638°W / 53.292; -1.638 Coordinates: 53°17′31″N1°38′17″W / 53.292°N 1.638°W / 53.292; -1.638

Grindleford is a village and civil parish in the county of Derbyshire, in the East Midlands of England. The population of the civil parish as taken at the 2011 Census was 909. [1] It lies at an altitude of 492 feet (150 m) in the valley of the River Derwent in the Peak District National Park. The 17th-century Grindleford Bridge crosses the river on the western side of the village. On the west side of the valley is the 1,407 feet (429 m) high Sir William Hill, and to the south-east lies the gritstone escarpment of Froggatt Edge. Grindleford became a parish in 1987, merging the parishes of Eyam Woodlands, Stoke, Nether Padley and Upper Padley.


The nearest city to Grindleford is Sheffield, the centre of which is about 7 miles (11 km) away. For rail travellers, the Sheffield suburb of Totley is less than three miles away at the other end of the Totley Tunnel, the second-longest rail tunnel in the UK. Grindleford railway station (actually located in Upper Padley, half a mile away from the village) is at the western portal of the rail tunnel, on the scenic Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester.

Grindleford is popular with walkers and climbers due to its proximity to a variety of landscapes, including open moorland, wooded river valleys (including Padley Gorge), several gritstone escarpments, and the broad Hope Valley. Visitors seeking refreshment are well catered for by a number of establishments, including the Sir William Hotel, the Maynard Hotel and Bar, the National Trust Longshaw Estate Visitor Centre, and Grindleford Station Cafe (in the old station house).


The village has one school, Grindleford Primary School. [2] It was rated as "good" in its March 2018 Ofsted report. [3]

Hope Valley College runs a course in Painting and Drawing at Grindleford Pavilion. [4]



Grindleford Football Club are based on Bishop Pavilion and Bridge Playing Field [5] adjacent to the River Derwent off Main Road, north Grindleford. The club currently competes in the Hope Valley Amateur League [6] and a junior section in the Derwent Valley League. [7] [8]


Grindleford Cricket Club and ground is also based on Bishop Pavilion and Bridge Playing Field. [5] The club have three senior teams: a 1st XI Saturday team that competes in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League, [9] a Sunday XI team that plays friendly matches in and around the region, and a Midweek XI side. [10]

Padley Chapel

The chapel and remains of Padley Hall Padley House or Chapel 641954 6a41d1b7.jpg
The chapel and remains of Padley Hall

Padley Hall (or Padley Manor) was a large double courtyard house where, in 1588, two Catholic priests (Nicholas Garlick and Robert Ludlam) were discovered and then, two weeks later, hanged, drawn and quartered in Derby. They became known as the 'Padley Martyrs'. Padley Hall today is mostly in ruins, although part of it—probably originally the central gatehouse range—survives, and in 1933 was converted to a Roman Catholic chapel in honour of the martyrs. [11] The chapel, a Grade I listed building, [12] stands not far from the railway line.

Related Research Articles

Derbyshire Ceremonial county in East Midlands, England

Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. It includes much of the Peak District National Park, containing the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills, which extend into the north of the county. It covers part of the National Forest and borders on Greater Manchester to the north-west, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the north-east, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south-east, Staffordshire to the west and south-west and Cheshire to the west. Kinder Scout, at 636 metres (2,087 ft), is the highest point, while Trent Meadows, where the River Trent leaves Derbyshire, is its lowest at 27 metres (89 ft). The River Derwent is its longest river at 66 mi (106 km), running north to south through the county. In 2003 the Ordnance Survey placed Church Flatts Farm at Coton in the Elms as the farthest point from the sea in Great Britain. The city of Derby is a unitary authority area, but remains part of the ceremonial county. The non-metropolitan county contains 30 towns with 10,000–100,000 inhabitants, but much sparsely populated farming upland.

Derwent Reservoir (Derbyshire) Reservoir in Derbyshire, England

Derwent Reservoir is the middle of three reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley in the north of Derbyshire, England. It lies approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Glossop and 10 miles (16 km) from Sheffield. The River Derwent flows first through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. Between them they provide practically all of Derbyshire's water, as well as to a large part of South Yorkshire and as far afield as Nottingham and Leicester.

Hathersage Human settlement in England

Hathersage is a village and civil parish in the Peak District in Derbyshire, England. It lies slightly to the north of the River Derwent, approximately 10 miles (16.1 km) south-west of Sheffield.

Dore, South Yorkshire Village in South Yorkshire, England

Dore is a large village in South Yorkshire, England. The village lies on a hill above the River Sheaf which gave Sheffield its name, and until 1934 was part of Derbyshire, but it is now a suburb of the city. Dore is served by Dore and Totley railway station on the Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester. The railway tunnel between Dore and Totley under a limb of the Pennines to Grindleford in Derbyshire is the longest such in England, second only to the Severn Tunnel between England and South Wales. They are the longest main line railway tunnels anywhere in Great Britain – the London Underground and Channel Tunnel to France excepted. Dore has long enjoyed a reputation of being Sheffield's wealthiest suburb, and Dore and Totley was the only ward of the city which regularly elected a Conservative councillor. However, as of May 2016 all three councillors were Liberal Democrats. The Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam constituency, of which Dore is part, is Olivia Blake (Labour) who was elected in 2019.

Dronfield Human settlement in England

Dronfield is a town in North East Derbyshire, England, which includes Dronfield Woodhouse and Coal Aston. It lies in the valley of the River Drone between Chesterfield and Sheffield. The Peak District National Park is three miles (4.8 km) to the west. The name means open land infested with drones.

Baslow Village in Derbyshire, England

Baslow is a village in Derbyshire, England, in the Peak District, situated between Sheffield and Bakewell, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Chatsworth House. It is sited by the River Derwent, which is spanned by a 17th-century bridge, alongside which is a contemporary toll house.

Hope Valley line Trans-Pennine railway line in Northern England

The Hope Valley line is a trans-Pennine railway line in England, linking Manchester with Sheffield. It was completed in 1894.

Totley Tunnel Railway tunnel on the Hope Valley line in England

Totley Tunnel is a 6,230-yard tunnel under Totley Moor, on the Hope Valley line between Totley on the outskirts of Sheffield and Grindleford in Derbyshire, England.

Hope Valley, Derbyshire Valley in Derbyshire, England

The Hope Valley is a rural area centred on the village of Hope, Derbyshire, in the Peak District in the northern Midlands of England.

Totley Suburb of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England

Totley is a suburb on the extreme southwest of the City of Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, England. Lying in the historic county boundaries of Derbyshire, Totley was amalgamated into the city of Sheffield in 1933, and is today part of the Dore and Totley electoral ward in the city, though it remains close to the contemporary county boundary of Derbyshire. Totley had a population of 7,963 in 2011. Totley was shown at the 2011 census as being part of the ward of Dore and Totley.

Dore and Totley Electoral ward in the City of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Dore and Totley ward—which includes the districts of Bradway , Dore, Totley, and Whirlow—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. It is currently represented by three Liberal Democrat councillors. It is located in the southwestern part of the city and covers an area of 26.3 km2. The population of this ward in 2001 was 16,404 people in 7,037 households. Dore and Totley ward is one of the five wards that make up the Sheffield Hallam Parliamentary constituency. The population of Dore and Totley is 16,740 (2011) with 7,334 Households.

Buxworth Human settlement in England

Buxworth is a village in the High Peak of Derbyshire, England. The area, which was once an important centre for the limestone industry, became the terminus of the Peak Forest Canal. Its pub, the Navigation Inn, was once owned by Coronation Street actress Pat Phoenix.

Dore and Totley railway station Railway station in South Yorkshire, England

Dore and Totley railway station is a station serving the Sheffield suburbs of Dore and Totley in South Yorkshire, England 4+34 miles (7.6 km) south of Sheffield. The station is served by the Northern service between Sheffield and Manchester, East Midlands Railway service from Liverpool to Norwich and the TransPennine Express service between Manchester and Cleethorpes, all three running via the Hope Valley Line.

Froggatt Edge Climbing areas of England

Froggatt Edge is a gritstone escarpment in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, in Derbyshire, England, close to the villages of Froggatt, Calver, Curbar, Baslow and Grindleford. The name Froggatt Edge applies only to the northernmost section of the escarpment; the middle and southernmost sections are called Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge respectively. The escarpment, like many in this area, is easily accessible from Sheffield.

Grindleford railway station Railway station in Grindleford, Derbyshire, England

Grindleford railway station serves the village of Grindleford in the Derbyshire Peak District, in England, although the station is about a mile way, the nearest village being Nether Padley.

Derwent Edge Escarpment in United Kingdom

Derwent Edge is a Millstone Grit escarpment that lies above the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District National Park in the English county of Derbyshire. An Ordnance Survey column marks the highest point of the Edge at Back Tor. North of Back Tor the edge extends into Howden Edge and enters the county of South Yorkshire.

Padley Gorge Valley in Derbyshire, England

Padley Gorge is a deep but narrow valley in the Peak District, Derbyshire between the village of Grindleford and the A6187 road.

Burbage Brook

Burbage Brook is an upper tributary stream of the River Derwent in the Peak District of England.

Padley Hall Former Elizabethan manor house in Derbyshire, England

Padley Hall was an Elizabethan great house overlooking the River Derwent near Grindleford, Derbyshire, England. The remains of the hall today are mostly just foundation walls. The site is a protected Scheduled Monument. Not to be confused with 17th-century Padley Hall near Ripley.

Totley Moor Hill in the Derbyshire Peak District

Totley Moor is an open moorland hill to the west of the Sheffield suburb of Totley, in the Derbyshire Peak District. The summit is 395 metres (1,296 ft) above sea level.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  2. "Grindleford Primary School". Grindleford Primary School. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3., Ofsted Communications Team. (5 November 2010). "Find an inspection report". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. "Adult & Community Education". Hope Valley College. 27 July 2016. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. 1 2 "Bishop Pavilion & Bridge Playing Field". Grindleford. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  6. "Hope Valley Amateur League". HVAL. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  7. "Derwent Valley Football League". DVFL. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  8. "Peak District Online". Peak District Online Ltd. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  9. "The Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League". YDCL. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  10. "Grindleford Cricket Club". GCC. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  11. Redfern, R., Portrait of the Hope Valley, The Cottage Press, 1988, p11
  12. Historic England. "Padley Chapel  (Grade I) (1335033)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 25 November 2012.