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    Visitors to Ticknall are most welcome to attend the meetings of the Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society held on the last Tuesday of each month, usually at 7.30 pm in The Village Hall, Ingleby Lane but please always check the Events Page. For more about the origins and history of our village please see the […]

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    Just like many large houses in England, one family governed the lives of the residents in that house, and often that of the surrounding estates. Calke Abbey and its large estates in Derbyshire and Staffordshire was one such, but unlike many others this one stayed under the protection of one family, the Harpur Crewes, until […]

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    Nestling in its own grounds at the heart of the village, Ticknall Village Hall is a popular meeting place for local groups and societies within the village community. The building, or parts of it, can be booked for private events. It is a popular venue for celebration lunches, parties and wedding receptions, all benefitting from […]

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    Around the village of Ticknall, we are blessed with the finest walking country in South Derbyshire. Lots of walkers visit the area to search out Ticknall walks to learn about the history and topography of this fascinating area south of the River Trent, especially In the summer months. In 2021 I started guided walks that […]

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    In Victorian times, if you chose a life of service you accepted a regular wage, hard work, and a place within a strict servant hierarchy. It was perhaps no different from a business model nowadays. Everyone knew their place and their position was reflected in their wages. The highest-paid servant at Calke was (and this […]

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    Winifred Harpur Crewe, always known as Winnie, was born into a privileged life in 1879. The second daughter of Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe, Bart., she spent much of her childhood happily at Calke Abbey with her parents and siblings, one brother and three sisters. Winnie’s life followed the usual and expected pattern of the “gentry” […]

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    The Thringstone Fault crosses the parish of Ticknall from east to west, separating the Coal Measures clays to the south from the upthrust Carboniferous Limestone to the north. Other outliers of limestone occur at Calke, Dimminsdale, Breedon and Cloud Hill, but otherwise limestone is fairly rare in the area. The Romans were well aware that […]

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    The Trail starts from the car park at Ticknall Village Hall [35]. The Village Hall was built in 1992 and is, with its gardens, a credit to such a small village. It may be convenient to break the walk into two parts, or to cut it short where indicated along the road to Ashby de […]

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    For readers who have never had the opportunity to visit Ticknall, Patrick Leach has made a video which gives a taste of Ticknall and surrounding areas. The video has a running time of 20 minutes and includes visits to Swarkestone, Foremarke and Staunton reservoirs and Calke Park as well as some local walks. On the […]

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