Holmesfield is a village and civil parish in the English county of Derbyshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 971.[1] The name "Holmesfield" means "raised pasture-land" and is of Norse and Anglo-Saxon origin. Viking influences are also evident with many road names suffixed by "gate", the old Norse word for "way".


Holmesfield parish church and The Angel public house
Location within Derbyshire
Population971 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK322776
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS18
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament


Holmesfield is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the manors belonging to Walter D'Aincourt.[2]

John Frescheville, 1st Baron Frescheville, was in 1645 ordered to pay an annuity to the Vicar of Holmesfield Church, as part his fine, for being on the losing side in the civil war.

St Swithins parish church can be seen from much of the surrounding area. The main church was built in 1826 but has seen further work in recent years with the vicarage being added in 1999. Still visible in the grounds are the remains of a stone cross from around 641 AD, which would have replaced an original wooden cross erected by monks to mark the place where they would preach.


Holmesfield is sited at approximately 800 feet (240 m) above sea level on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with extensive views from the village over the surrounding hilly terrain. The parish includes a number of farming hamlets such as Millthorpe situated in the neighbouring Cordwell Valley.

Notable buildings

Within Holmesfield civil parish are 43 structures that are listed by Historic England for their historic or architectural interest. None is listed as Grade I but there are five structures (Cartledge Hall, Holmesfield Hall, Unthank Hall, farm outbuildings east of Holmesfield Hall, and an outbuilding southwest of Unthank Hall) that are listed as Grade II*. The other structures, including Woodthorpe Hall and the parish church, are listed as Grade II.[3]

Notable residents

Notable people who live or have lived in Holmesfield parish include:


Holmesfield has a village hall, a riding school, and Victorian-built primary school[7] A Thai restaurant closed in 2018. There are three pubs within the village (The Rutland Arms, The George and Dragon, and The Angel Inn) and a further three elsewhere within the parish (The Royal Oak at Millthorpe, and The Peacock and The Moorlands at Owler Bar). The village no longer has a shop or post office. There is a regular farmers and artisan market held in the village on various dates throughout the year. The next market is on 7th December 2019 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm


  1. "Area: Holmesfield (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p.750 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  3. "Listed Buildings in Holmesfield, Derbyshire, England". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. Mee, Arthur (1969). Derbyshire. The King's England (2 ed.). Hodder and Stoughton. p. 135.
  5. Mee, Arthur (1969). Derbyshire. The King's England (2 ed.). Hodder and Stoughton. p. 135.
  6. Bunker, Bessie (1973). All Their Yesterdays.
  7. Pennyacres

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