About your cottage
Located in the village of Youlgrave, Church Corner Cottage is over 300 years old and was, until recent times, two small cottages. The terrace was originally built in 1639 and a Georgian frontage was added in 1710. We understand that the building has been put to many purposes; it was the corn exchange and more recently a public house – the Swan – the original cellar for storing the beer kegs is under the kitchen floor (which was used as an air-raid shelter during the war)! The building was converted into cottages in the late 19th century. This early photograph shows the cottage (end of the terrace on the left hand side of the street) circa 1910.
Youlgrave nestles on the hillside above the joining of the beautiful Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale at Alport. Set within the Peak National Park it is the one of the largest villages with a population of 1500. Three long distance paths: the Alternative Pennine Way, the Limestone Way and the White Peak Way all pass through the village, swelling the numbers of walkers.
Youlgreave is recorded in the Domesday Book as `Giolgrove`, probably a corruption of the Saxon `Auldgroove` which refers to an old mine. Local miners were often known as `groovers` or `grovers` and the history of lead mining in the area dates back to the Romans. For those of you that are confused by the ‘the most miss-spelt village’ name (as compiled by local historian and former teacher at Youlgrave school, Mr J W Shimwell), here are some options: Giolgrave Yolgrave Jalgrave Hyolgrave Hyolegrave Yolgreff Yoleg Yolegreve Yolegrave Youlgraue Welegreve Yoelgreve Oelgreve Yelegreve Yeolegreve Yolgreave Yolgreve Yollegreve Jol’ve Zolgrelf Yollgreve Yoligrewe Yollegrewe Youlgreve Zolgreff Youlgrave (1492) Yolgreyva Yolgreyve Yeolgreave Youlgreave (1595) Yellegrave Yollogreve Yollograve Yeollgreave Youldgreave Yograve Isgrave Yalgrove Yolegreue Jolegreue lolegrave Jholegreve Yelegrave Yellegrave Iolgrave Yholgreve Yelgreve Zolgreve
The option that we have gone for is not a universal choice, in fact it is only recently that the Highways Department has used ‘Youlgrave’ and Ordnance Survey still use ‘Youlgreave’, so the argument continues . . .
Various products are mined locally. Most extensively was lead which is largely exhausted now; but also products for the nearby Staffordshire Potteries industry. These are chert and barytes. As graves in the churchyard will testify, the mining enterprise at Mawstone Mine came to an abrupt end in 1932 when a gas explosion killed eight men.
The church of All Saints originally served the villages of Winster, Elton, Birchover, Stanton, Middleton by Youlgrave and Gratton. Its medieval beginning and extensions in the14th, 15th, 17th and the 19th centuries have ensured it is one of the largest churches in the Peak District. The rich and varying architectural styles and ornamentation are evident throughout the church and are explained in literature available on entering the church (usually by the southern door). The painted glass window behind the altar was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the William Morris workshops. Morris himself evidently designed the four angels at the top of the picture.
Along the street, marking the centre of the village is the fountain, which is a large round stone edifice. Visitors often mistake it variously as a tomb, an air vent, or perhaps a war memorial; it was in fact a reservoir that filled with fresh spring water, piped from the hillside behind Mawstone Mine through the night. It was unlocked at 6am each morning. This was back in 1829. By 1869 the two inch diameter pipe was furring up and corroded and a further ten tap spots were installed around the village. When the scheme was finished a day of celebration saw the rebirth of the custom of Welldressing and to this day the five village welldressings are located at, or close to, the original tap sites.
What do we need to bring?
We have tried to make the cottages a home-from-home so hopefully you will find most things you need at the cottage. These are self-catering cottages so you will need to bring (or buy locally) your own food and other supplies you may need. The cost of your holiday includes bed linen (though not linen for cots), quality towels and face flannels for each guest. As part of your starter pack, we will also equip the cottage with:
- A pint of milk, some tea, coffee and sugar
- Two clean tea towels & oven gloves
- Clean table cloth on dining table
- An initial supply of toilet rolls
- Roll of kitchen paper
- Bottle of washing-up liquid, new J-cloth & new washing-up sponge / scourer
- Spare bin-liner for kitchen bin
- An initial supply of dishwasher tablets
- A basket of logs, some paper and a box of matches
- Salt & pepper in grinders
- Liquid soap in dispensers at hand basins
- A small supply of toiletries in case you forget something!
From the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley, take the B5056 signposted to Ashbourne / Youlgreave, and when this forks left to cross the River Lathkill, continue straight on through Alport to Youlgrave.
Alternatively, from the A515 Ashbourne – Buxton road, either take the minor road which branches off at Parsley Hey or the minor road which branches off the A5012 close to its junction with the A515.
The cottage is located in the centre of the village diagonally opposite the Church whose tower is a dominant feature of the village.
If you are coming by public transport, the nearest train station is Matlock. The cottage is then around 20 minutes by taxi or 35 minutes by bus.
The key safe is on the front wall (low down) in the front garden, next to the large safe.
Telephone & Broadband
The telephone in the cottage is for incoming calls and emergency calls (999) only. The number is 01629 630063. Mobile phone reception is variable but we have found we have found that we can get a signal on most networks at the front of the cottage.
Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network – you will find the key located in the cottage.
We do not have private parking, but you should usually find a space:
- on the road outside the cottage;
- alongside the church wall in Mawstone Lane; or
- in Conksbury Lane.
Please take care not to park too near the corner or Church Street or at the top of Mawstone Lane where the road narrows – the farmers need constant access with their tractors to tend for their animals.
Out of consideration to other visitors who will subsequently occupy the cottage, we ask guests not to smoke inside.
Dogs really enjoy a holiday in the country with their families, so we have made our cottages dog-friendly where we can. We ask you to ensure that your dog is well-behaved, remains downstairs and off the furniture at all times. You should never leave your dog alone in the cottage or the garden areas.
Courtyard & Garden
The cottage shares a courtyard with 3 other households (originally the 4 properties were all joined together). You can use the gate to the side of the courtyard to enter / exit the property, but please make sure you keep it closed as other residents have pets.
The garden was once joined with theirs too, but is now split into 4 plots. To get to the garden cross the courtyard and follow the path through the little gate. Our garden and summer house is on the right hand side – the garden with the silver birch tree.
Please respect the other residents’ space, and do not use any other areas to the rear of the property.
We care about your safety. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the layout of the property and how you would escape should fire occur. To help minimise the risk of fire:
- Don’t let children play with matches or lighters;
- Don’t leave children alone near the cooker when it is in use;
- Watch chip pans;
- Check heaters;
- Make sure everything is switched off last thing at night;
- Do not smoke inside the cottage;
- Make sure the young or elderly take special care.
There are fire alarms in the hall between the kitchen and living room and on the upstairs landing. They are sensitive so they may let you know very quickly if a piece of toast is getting a little ‘well done’. Once the ‘smoke’ has cleared they will re-set themselves in about a minute. There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen. Familiarise yourself with their instructions for use but do not tackle a fire if you think it will put you at personal risk. Above all, if there is a fire:
GET OUT – CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE – DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING
In an emergency, should you need to turn off any of the services to the cottage:
- The stop-tap for water in located under the kitchen sink;
- The fuse-box is above the front-door in the cupboard to the right;
- The gas tap is outside the back-door in the white box on the wall.
The dustbin is outside the back-door to the left of the property. Derbyshire Dales’ collection day for our area is normally on a Wednesday, from the edge of the property. The relevant bin should be placed by the back gate by 7.00am. All our collections will be made on the same day of the week. One week the grey bin will be collected. And the following week the green-lid bin and blue-lid bin will be collected.
Only use the household grey bin for general household waste. Any materials that can be recycled should be placed in the appropriate recycling container.
There is just one recycling bin:
Blue Bin – Main body of bin
- Mixed glass bottles and jars (green, brown, clear and blue glass – please remove caps, tops, lids and corks)food and drinks cans
- aluminium trays/foil trays
- plastic bottles (including plastic caps) and containers
- beverage cartons
Blue Bin – Basket insert
- postal advertising
- white and brown envelopes
- paper (including shredded paper)
- telephone directories (including yellow pages)
- card / cardboard
You will also find there a supply of toilet rolls, kitchen towel, and cleaning materials should you need them. We have put the larger cleaning tools in the room off the kitchen under the shelf on which the freezer sits.
But should anything else break or get broken, please let us know so we can get it replaced.
If you have any problems at the cottage please call us on 01629 828 301
There are two shops in Youlgrave: a Deli and a general store / post-office. The local shops close on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There is also a garage & petrol station and a doctors surgery in the village. The main shopping centre is in the nearby market town of Bakewell where you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Co-op supermarket, Boots, Banks and Post-office – and a general and farmers’ market (Mondays). If you are looking for a larger supermarket, there is a Sainsbury just off the A6 at Matlock, and an Aldi, just north of Bakewell, also on the A6. Ashbourne and Buxton are also major shopping centres.
There are three pubs in the village all within a few minutes walk of the cottage.
- Bulls Head Hotel – turn right out of the cottage, about 150 yards on the opposite side of the road.
- The George Hotel – turn left out of the cottage, about 30 yards. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have awarded them ‘pub of the month’ in the past.
- The Farmyard Inn – turn right out of the cottage, about quarter of a mile.
All serve food – some of the bar menu at The George can also be bought as ‘take-away’ should you wish to eat in the cottage but have a night off from cooking!
We ask that you vacate the cottage by 10am on your day of departure. Please can you lock the cottage and put the keys back in the keysafe.
How Does it work?
Hopefully many of the items are similar to those you may have at home. A few items that sometimes fox guests are:
Central heating / Hot Water
The central heating boiler will keep the tank topped-up with hot water throughout the day. The central heating is ‘always on’. Twice a day: once in the morning and in the late afternoon / evening it is set to 20 ºC. At all other times it is set to keep the house at 16 ºC. The thermostat is located on the wall in the sitting room. Should you wish to adjust the temperature use the + / – buttons to set the desired temperature. Please do not change any other settings.
The main oven and hotplate temperatures are controlled by the cooker thermostat control knob which is situated behind the controls door. Turning the control knob clockwise increases the temperature. The numbers on the knob are traditional gas settings. Turn the knob back to ‘off’ when you have finished cooking.
To the right of the knobs is a conversion chart between gas settings and electric. For a hot oven, it can take 45+ minutes to heat up, so allow plenty of time.
The hotplate will be ready for cooking after about 10 minutes – the hotter the oven setting, the quicker the hotplate will heat up.
Please do not adjust the boiler thermostat knob – it should be left at approximately half way to enable the thermostat to do its job correctly.
The Hotplate: The single hotplate on the Rayburn is made from cast iron and can take up to five average sized saucepans. It is made from a single casting and is graduated in temperature. You can slide your pans over from the boiling side (the right) to simmer on the cooler side (the left). The hotplate is set slightly above the top plate so saucepans can be pulled partly to one side without touching the enamel. Saucepans with thick, flat bases will still have heat conducted to the contents.
The overall temperature of the hotplate is variable, depending upon the setting used, the higher the setting, the hotter the hotplate. The control in the top left hand door controls both the hotplate and the oven. When not cooking on the hotplate keep the insulated lids down to conserve heat. Please avoid sliding pans across the vitreous enamel top plate as they may scratch the surface.
The Oven: The ovens are indirectly heated from the outside by hot gases from the heat source so that no flame or elements are within the ovens. This means that full use can be made of the whole cooking space. Both ovens are vented to the flue so cooking smells disappear to the outside. The thermostatic dial on the main oven door is guide to the condition of the internal oven. On opening, the pointer will appear to drop as it registers cooler air away from the oven, do not worry, close the door and after a few minutes it will regain its position.
The oven is hotter towards the top than the bottom. The lower oven is valuable for slower or gentler cooking when the main oven is turned up high, as it is roughly half the temperature of the main oven.
The controls for the log fire are located behind a door at the bottom of the body of the fire. Lift the door on the left hand side and gently pull towards you to open. Inside you will see two controls on the left hand side. Take care, the fire gets very hot.
Positioning the lever at its mid position will supply air both over and under the fire and this position is used when lighting a fire or burning manufactured smokeless coals. It should be set to its bottom position when burning natural smokeless coal such as anthracite and at its top position when burning wood.
The air volume dial should be set to maximum, 9 O’clock, only when lighting and the flue is cold. Settings giving normal operating temperatures will usually be between 12 O’clock and 3 O’clock, with slow burning being achieved when the control is set between 3 O’clock and 6 O’clock.
The best way to get the fire going is to put ample paper and kindling on the grate and then only put two on three logs onto the top of the kindling – then light the paper. We suggest that you do not operate the fire with more than three logs at any one time– this will leave plenty of space for air to circulate around the stove and it will burn well.
Do not leave the fire unattended with the stove doors open. When you go to bed (or leave the cottage), for your safety, close and lock the stove doors and turn the air volume clockwise to cut-off the air to the fire. Do not pour water onto the fire to put it out.