Then & Now – Tideswell & Litton

Litton, Derbyshire

Patrick Coleman looks at how two more of the county’s settlements have changed over the last half-century or so.

TOO BIG to be a village and too small to be a town,” Tideswell retains many of the features that once made it as prominent a medieval market place as Bakewell. Its vast parish church – dubbed the Cathedral of the Peak – still stands as it did when first constructed over 600 years ago. The village is older still, though today’s streets would be most recognisable to their Georgian and Victorian inhabitants; they would still find themselves at home, if a little bewildered by the lifestyle of their descendants. Not that Tideswell is totally unchanged…