Welcome to Wirksworth.net

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Wirksworth is a small market town, with a fascinating past, and an exciting future.

Known for the history, scenery, the Carnival & Well Dressings in May, http://www.wirksworthcarnival.org/about-us.html, the Arts Festival in September, http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk, Wirksworth is worth visiting through the year.


As of August 2016, we are intensively updating this site, so please keep returning.

(We'll even get a proper Facebook button soon, but in the meantime, check out the Wirksworth Group Page here):

Wirksworth is a market town in Derbyshire, England, with a population recorded as 5,038 in the 2011 census.[1]

Wirksworth is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2][3] Within it is the source of the River Ecclesbourne. The town was granted its market charter by Edward I in 1306. The market is held every Tuesday in the market square. St Mary's Church is believed to date from about AD 653.

Historically, Wirksworth developed as a centre for lead mining and later of stone quarrying.

Many of the institutions in the area have connections with the Gell family, of Hopton Hall, whose most famous member was Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, who fought on Parliament's side in the Civil War. One of his predecessors, Anthony Gell, founded the local grammar school, and one of his successors, Phillip Gell, opened the curiously named Via Gellia (possibly named in allusion to the Roman Via Appia), a road from the family's lead mines around Wirksworth to the smelter in Cromford. Today, the Anthony Gell School is named after Anthony Gell.

NOW - New Opportunities Wirksworth are developing a new website for Wirksworth. Our aim is make this site informative and useful both for visitors and residents to our town. We are still working on adding content to this site to make it a really useful resource but we are getting there! If you want to help maintain the site and look for all things Wirksworth to publish then please get in touch via the Contacts page.

Volunteers are needed!

A new project - WOW - Wirksworth on the Web has been been launched to help us achieve our aims

Wirksworth on the Web Project - Facilitator now appointed

After a gruelling and intensive interview process, with many highly qualified candidates to choose from, Alice Munro has been appointed. Alice was born in Wirksworth, grew up in Hopton, has moved away and returned. She has many years of experience in business & social media, and is really looking forward to the challenge of making WOW work...

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We're trying to build up a useful calendar of events happening in and around Wirksworth, take a look at our What's On page and add your event to our calendar to let our site visitors know What's On!



A lot happens in Wirksworth! This site will help you find out what's happening and all the various activities available. Via the site you can add details of your community group and events.

For leisure information and details of local businesses, please look at Destination Wirksworth.