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Stanton in Peak (also written as Stanton-in-Peak) is a village in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, It is about seven miles north-west of Matlock, on the north side of Stanton Moor, from Birchover. The name of the civil parish is Stanton with a population taken at the 2011 census of 365.[1] There is a fine 19th century Parish Church, and many fine stone houses, with mullion windows. There is also a stately home, Stanton Park, a combination of the English Classical style, and later Palladian alterations, which is a private house.


The village, mentioned in the Domesday Book and of probable Saxon origin, is situated close to several prehistoric monuments, including Doll Tor and Nine Ladies Bronze Age stone circles and numerous Bronze Age burial cairns on Stanton Moor. They have no connection to Druids, who were an Iron Age culture. There is also the Earl Grey Tower, raised as a monument to the passing of the 1832 Electoral Reform Act and much evidence of ancient and modern sandstone quarrying. C19 lead mines are evident lower down the village. There is also a school on School Lane (Victorian).

The Thornhill family, which owns Stanton Hall, was responsible for the construction of the majority of buildings in the village, most of which date from the 17th and 18th centuries.[2] William Pole Thornhill represented the constituency of North Derbyshire, [3] Thornhill and his wife were considerable benefactors to the village, building the parish church in 1833, the reading rooms and "The Stand", originally known as "The Belvedere", a viewing platform giving panoramic views over the Wye Valley. Many of the houses in the village carry the initials "WPT".[4]


The nearest village is Birchover, which is 1.3 miles to the south of the village.

Its population is 200-210.(2001)


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ Derbyshire Peak District site
  3. ^ Joseph Tilley Old Halls, Manors and Families of Derbyshire Volume I, The High Peak Hundred - Stanton Old Hall
  4. ^ Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District

Coordinates: 53°10′31″N 1°38′27″W / 53.1753°N 1.6408°W / 53.1753; -1.6408