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Wirksworth, Derbyshire

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Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Wirksworth is a market town in Derbyshire, England, with a population of over 9,000. It is the second largest in the Derbyshire Peak District after Matlock. The population including Cromford, Bolehill and Middleton-by-Wirksworth is about 12,000. It lies on the border of Amber Valley and Derbyshire Dales districts. Wirksworth is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Within it is the source of the River Ecclesbourne. The town was granted its market charter by Edward I in 1306.
DistrictDerbyshire Dales
Post townMATLOCK
Administrative CountyDerbyshire
Traditional CountyDerbyshire
OS GridSK2853
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01629
Population9,000 (approx)
 

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

Workes Worth ~ Werchesvorde

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

Wirksworth.-- market town, par., and township with ry. sta., Derbyshire, 13¼ miles NW. of Derby by rail - par., 14,154 ac., pop. 6950; town and township, 3020 ac., pop. 3678; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Tuesday. Wirksworth is an ancient market town, with a fine 13th century church; and a moot hall of 1814, where mining cases are tried. Some of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton mfr., but most of them in the lead mines; and in the immediate vicinity are establishments for the production of ginghams, hosiery, hats, tape, and silk, and for iron smelting.

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