CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH /ˌtʃæpəl ˌɒn lə ˈfrɪθ/ is a small town
and civil parish in
Derbyshire , England. Dubbed the "Capital of the
Chapel-en-le-Frith Rural District Council —parts of the
parish lie within the
Peak District National Park , though the town
itself is outside the Park boundary. The settlement was established by
Normans in the 12th century, originally as a hunting lodge within
Forest of High Peak
* 1 Church of St Thomas Becket * 2 Industry * 3 Institutions * 4 Transport * 5 Sport * 6 Moorlands * 7 Education * 8 TV
* 9 Landmarks of the parish
* 9.1 Combs
* 10 Notable people * 11 Neighbouring settlements and landmarks * 12 Notes and references * 13 External links
CHURCH OF ST THOMAS BECKET
The first chapel in the town (now the Church of St.
Thomas Becket )
was originally built by the
Normans but was replaced with a larger
building a hundred years later. It stands at the highest point in the
town proper. The current building is now almost entirely of
18th-century construction above a crypt of 1225 AD. Buried in the
churchyard are soldiers of the Scottish army of the Duke of Hamilton
who marched south in support of Charles I in 1648. After their defeat
at Preston , they were marched to Chapel and imprisoned in the church
for sixteen days in such squalid conditions that forty died; a further
ten died when they were marched towards
There is a certain amount of industry – especially behind the
church in the lowest part of the town, where the brake-lining
There is a regular market place , cobbled and raised above the High Street, which is still used every Thursday to host the local market (though due to the current economic climate the number of stalls present has declined considerably). A market cross has a faint date which may read 1636, but the cross itself is considerably older.
Chapel Poor Law Union was established in December 1837. The union
workhouse was built c.1840 on the
High Peak Radio , Independent Local Radio for High Peak and the Hope Valley, broadcasts from studios just off the High Street.
Just outside the town lies the Chestnut Centre. Established in the early 1980s and open to the public, it houses a large collection of otters, owls and native wildlife.
The town has its own theatre company, the Chapel Players, located just off the Market Place.
Chapel-en-le-Frith railway station is located 1 mile (1.5 km) from
the town centre, on the commuter line from
Buxton to Manchester
Piccadilly . The other railway line passing through the town,
Chapel-en-le-Frith Central railway station ) has a more central
disused station built by the
To the north lie the
Dark Peak highlands, which are made up of
millstone grit and are heather -covered, rugged and bleak. Here are
Market square, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Scenes from the BBC TV series The Village and The Secret of Crickley Hall were filmed in and around Chapel; Bowden Hall featured in both series. In 2015 Halfords made their Christmas advert around Grange Park Road in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
LANDMARKS OF THE PARISH
Ford Hall and surrounding buildings, with South Head in the background
Ford Hall in the east of the parish, northeast of Slacke Hall and
Bowden Hall, was the home of the Reverend
William Bagshaw , the
'Apostle of the Peak', after he was ejected from the vicarage of
Also in the east of the parish, next to a lake alongside the A623 and not nationally listed for its architecture, is the modest Bennetston Hall, which is being renovated as a hotel. Nearby are the site of Peaslow's Cross, and Rushup Hall, a modest but ornate 19th-century private house.
Stodhart Lodge, a care home, is north of the town centre on the
Along the B5470 road west of the town are the linear settlements of Bridgefields, Cockyard and Tunstead Milton. Ollerenshaw Hall dates from c.1800 and stands below Eccles Pike.
Main article: Combs, Derbyshire
The village of Combs, west of the town, gives its name to the adjacent Combs Reservoir. The Old Brook House (and its barn), close to the Beehive Inn in the centre of Combs, are listed buildings; parts of the house's grand layout clearly date from the 17th and 18th centuries and, as such, it is similar to Marsh Hall closer to Chapel.
In the rolling hills between Combs and Chapel is Bank Hall,
extensively altered in 1872–74 for Henry Renshaw of
Philip Marchington (1736 in
Chapel-en-le-Frith – 1808) merchant
and political figure in the
Nova Scotia House of Assembly in Canada
from 1786 to 1793
* Peter Kirk (1860 in Townend,
Chapel-en-le-Frith – 1916)
British-born American businessman, founded
NEIGHBOURING SETTLEMENTS AND LANDMARKS
NEIGHBOURING SETTLEMENTS AND LANDMARKS
NOTES AND REFERENCES
* ^ Chapel-en-le-Frith Central
* ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics".
Office for National Statistics .
Retrieved 18 October 2014.
* ^ "A Brief History of the Parish".
Council. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
* ^ A B Sharpe, Neville T. (2002). Crosses of the Peak District.
Landmark Collectors Library. ISBN 9781843060192 .
* ^ Higginbotham, P (2007). Workhouses of the Midlands. Stroud:
Tempus. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7524-4488-8 .
* ^ "Home page". Chestnut Centre. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
* ^ "Homepage CHAPEL TOWN FC". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
* ^ "New BBC TV drama The Village set in Derbyshire\'s Peak
District". Derby Telegraph. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
* ^ Bebbington, Gina (18 November 2014). "Schoolboy stars in
Halfords TV advert". Northwich Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
* ^ Historic