Stainsby is a small village in the Peak District, located near the town of Chesterfield.
Stainsby has a long history, dating back to the Saxon era. The village was once part of the ancient Wapentake of Scarsdale, which was a territorial division used in the Anglo-Saxon period. The name Stainsby is believed to have been derived from the Old Norse words “Steinn’s by,” meaning Steinn’s farmstead.
In the medieval era, Stainsby was a prosperous agricultural village, and it was home to several farms and smallholdings. The village was used for lead mining. By the end of the 19th century, most of the lead mines in the area had closed. Today, the lead mining heritage of the area is preserved through several museums and heritage sites, including the Peak District Mining Museum and Temple Mine. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the village was home to several mills used within the textile industry.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Stainsby became part of the estate of Bess of Hardwick. Bess was born in nearby Hardwick Hall.
There are several walking routes that start from the village, and visitors can explore the nearby hills and valleys. One of the most popular walks is the Three Villages Walk, which takes in the nearby villages of Hardstoft and Tibshelf as well as Stainsby.
The village is also home to Stainsby Mill, which is a restored 19th-century flour mill that is now open to the public. The mill is located on the edge of the village, and it is a popular attraction for visitors who want to learn about the history of milling in the area. Ticket prices are £5.50 for an adult and £2.75 for a child.
One of the most popular attractions is Hardwick Hall, which is a magnificent Elizabethan mansion that was built by Bess of Hardwick. The hall is located just a few miles from Stainsby, and it is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history and architecture.
Another nearby attraction is the Bolsover Castle, which is a medieval castle that was built in the 17th century. The castle is located in the town of Bolsover, which is a 13-minute drive (2-hour walk) from Stainsby.