Hopton, Derbyshire

Hopton is a small village adjacent to the village of Carsington and two miles from the market town of Wirksworth in the Peak District.

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Hopton is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
OS grid referenceSK257532
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMatlock
Postcode districtDE4
Dialling code01629
AmbulanceEast Midlands
List of places
53°04′34″N 1°36′54″W / 53.076°N 1.615°W / 53.076; -1.615Coordinates: 53°04′34″N 1°36′54″W / 53.076°N 1.615°W / 53.076; -1.615

Evidence of humans visiting, possibly 200,000 years ago during a warm period known as the Aveley Interglacial, is given by the discovery of a Middle Paleolithic Acheulean hand axe nearby.[1]

Hopton is first mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086 as a berewick (supporting farm) of the town and manor of Wirksworth and its two main industries from ancient times have been farming and lead mining.

Hopton lies just off the main B5035 road from Ashbourne to Wirksworth at the northern end of Carsington Water.

The village had a long association with the Gell family, who have had assets in the Hopton since 1327,[2] and had extensive lead mining interests in the Wirksworth area and lived at Hopton Hall. Notable members include Sir John Gell who was a Parliamentarian in the English Civil War and Sir William Gell who was an archaeologist.

The famous Hopton Incline of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, now part of the High Peak Trail and Pennine Bridleway, is about two-thirds of a mile (1.1 km) north of the village.

Modern Hopton is a rather straggling village with a number of houses some of which are popular for self-catering activities for tourists visiting the Peak District, Wirksworth and Carsington Water.


  1. ^ Cockerton, R. W. P. (1954). "A Palaeolith from Hopton" (PDF). Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. 79: 153–155. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Hopton". Peak District Online. Retrieved 11 November 2020.