The Local Area
Situated in the heart of a beautiful conservation area, the picturesque little village of Kirk Ireton nestles on a gentle hill surrounded by tranquil farm and woodland. Many charming country towns, popular tourist attractions and beautiful walks are within easy reach: Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Matlock, Carsington Water and the Tissington Trail to name but a few.
A thoroughly traditional village, Kirk Ireton still celebrates a Wakes week each summer starting on Trinity Sunday. If your visit were to coincide with this festival you would be able to sit in the front garden of Heather Cottage and enjoy superb views of the Morris Dancers, the maypole, carnival floats and a local brass band!
Kirk Ireton dates back as far as the Bronze Age. ‘Ireton’ (‘Hyre Tun’ in Saxon) means ‘The Irishman’s Enclosure’ and when the Normans built the church after defeating the Saxons they added ‘Kirk’ to the village’s name.
Many of the houses date back to the 18th century and one of the oldest buildings in the village, the famous Barley Mow pub where beer is still served from a jug, was one of the last premises in England to accept decimalisation.
The children of the village still uphold the old custom of ‘roping for weddings’ when they lay a rope across the road and don’t allow the newlyweds to leave the church until the groom has scattered a bag of coins on the road for them to scramble for.