Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire Location map
 
  Photograph of the 17th Century Sheepwash Bridge over the River Wye, Derbyshire Peak District   The old Sheepwash bridge is a narrow packhorse bridge, over the River Wye, dating from the 17th century. There is also an old stone enclosure which was used as a pen for holding sheep prior to being dipped (washed) in the river.

This bridge is on an ancient trackway known as The Portway and it is recorded that, at the end of the 17th century, 300 packhorses loaded with malt passed through each week.

 

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  View of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire Peak District   Church of the Holy Trinity.

This church dates from the 13th century although only parts of that original building remain but that does include the original Norman tympanium over the south door.

One of the old village customs was to hang garlands from the roof of the church during the funerals of unmarried maidens and this church is one of a very few to retain them. Of the garlands displayed the oldest is from 1747. They were made of white paper and fixed to a wooden frame.

 

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  View of the River Wye, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire Peak District   The river Wye in Ashford-in-the-Water. This river has its source on Axe Edge, south-west of Buxton, and soon goes underground to re-emerge at Poole's Cavern in Buxton Country Park.

This is the same river which runs through Monsal Dale (shown on a previous page). It joins the River Derwent, which runs down through Chatsworth Park, about 7 miles downstream at Rowsley.

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