Romantic Castleton revisited

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Romantic Castleton is the destination for time travellers in a new book by Dr Liam Clarke, a trustee of the village’s Historical Society.

Dr Clarke takes readers down the village’s streets of yesteryear – and then fast forwards in time with photographs of how they look now in a fascinating comparison of then and now.

“Everything connected with Castleton, the repository of romance, an epitome of all the Peak, is interesting,” said W. Shawcross in 1903.

It is still a very romantic village, with many old nooks and corners, tiny windows in houses and little narrow passages leading to ancient folds or yards.

The town is named after the Norman castle built by William Peveril, a son of William the Conqueror.

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries a large number of cottages were built in Castleton without permission, a custom which accounts for many having no land attached to them today.

The majority of these homes had just one room downstairs and a space or one room above, and were inhabited by lead miners and weavers.

The owners paid rent to the King, and in the late nineteenth century these cottages were allowed to become freehold.

l Castleton Through Time is published by Amberley Publishing, priced £14.99 ISBN 978-1-4456-0591-3.