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Snelston, Derbyshire

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Snelston, Derbyshire

Snelston is a village and civil parish three miles south-west of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. It includes Anacrehill. A tributary of the River Dove flows through its centre. The building in the foreground of the photo above is Lower Lodge which stands at the entrance of Snelston Hall. Beyond the lodge is St Peter's church. Snelston Hall was built in 1827 and was demolished in 1951. The local squire, John Harrison had the village remodelled and a new school built in 1847.
DistrictDerbyshire Dales
Administrative CountyDerbyshire
Traditional CountyDerbyshire
OS GridSK1543
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands

Other names by which Snelston, Derbyshire has been known in the past


Snelston, Derbyshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Snelston, par. and vil., Derbyshire - par., 2197 ac., pop. 319; vil., on river Dove, 3 miles SW. of Ashborne; P.O.; in vicinity is Snelston Park, seat.

Snelston, Derbyshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

SNELSTON (St. Peter), a parish, in the hundred of Appletree, S. division of the county of Derby, 2½ miles (S. W.) from Ashbourn; containing 399 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the west by the river Dove, which here divides the county from Stafford; and contains about 2100 acres of land, chiefly meadow and pasture. The soil on the lower side is a deep rich reddish earth of excellent quality; on the upper side the soil is of an inferior kind. The surface is undulated, and the scenery embellished with extensive plantations, and by a fine park of 390 acres round Snelston Hall, a modern mansion, the seat and property of John Harrison, Esq. There are some limestone-quarries, which are wrought for manure and building purposes. Many of the farmhouses have been lately rebuilt. The living is annexed to the rectory of Norbury: the tithes were commuted for a corn-rent under an inclosure act passed in 1824. The church has an ancient tower; the body and chancel were rebuilt in 1824. Children of this parish are entitled to the benefit of the school at Norbury.

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