Fritchley is a small village in Derbyshire south of Crich and north of Ambergate. It falls under the civil parish of Crich. To the west of the village is the ruin of a windmill.[1] Fritchley has an active Congregational Church, and there is a Quaker meeting house with an active Quaker Meeting.[1] There is a pub, the Red Lion,[2] but the post office closed in 2009. The village hosts a steam rally each August.

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Village centre
Fritchley is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
OS grid referenceSK357528
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBELPER
Postcode districtDE56
Dialling code01773
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°04′19″N 1°28′05″W / 53.072°N 1.468°W / 53.072; -1.468Coordinates: 53°04′19″N 1°28′05″W / 53.072°N 1.468°W / 53.072; -1.468

In 1793, Fritchley Tunnel, the world's oldest surviving railway tunnel was constructed under a public road here on the Butterley Gangroad, the Butterley Company's plateway to carry limestone from Hilt's Quarry at Crich to kilns on the Cromford Canal at Bullbridge, by Benjamin Outram. The tunnel was scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act in February 2015.[3][4]

Fritchley was used as one of the filming locations for the hit UK TV series, Peak Practice, which ran from 1993 to 2002.[5]


Ruins of windmill
  1. ^ Windmill world accessed 8 April 2008
  2. ^ All Pubs accessed 10 July 2009
  3. ^ Historic England. "Fritchley Tunnel, Butterley Gangroad (Grade Scheduled Ancient Monument) (1422984)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ "'World's oldest railway tunnel' awarded protected status". BBC. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Peak Practice", BBC Derby, 24 September 2014, retrieved 20 August 2015

External linksEdit

  Media related to Fritchley at Wikimedia Commons