Wirksworth & District

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Wirksworth- Past and present

Wirksworth is a small market town in the Derbyshire Dales
It is steeped in history and was granted a market charter by Edward I in 1306.
The parish church of St Mary's is believed to date from about AD 653.
Historically, Wirksworth developed as a centre for lead mining as far back as Roman times.
T’owd man a mythical figure of a lead miner is said to be 800 years old. He is presently to be found embedded in the wall inside the church . He was originally found in the nearby village of Bonsall, but was brought to Wirksworth during a restoration programme.

Coming into the 21st century is Star Disc, a stone circle and celestial amphitheatre created by Aidan Shingler.

Photograph courtesy of Mike Lewis

Wirksworth- Past and present