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.
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 guest book 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.
Joe, who is our Labrador, keeps his own blog on our web-site which gives some useful advice on taking your dog to the Peak District and importantly where to go for a quick ‘leg stretch’ near the cottage when you arrive. Joes blog is available here
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. 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 through the letterbox.