Hardwick's CottageEgginton CommonWilliam Newton CloseEgginton BridgeWhite HouseThe PaddocksPorts FarmRye Close FarmOak Tree FarmIvy FarmThe Old RectoryMabels LodgeMemorial HallThe OrangeryOld Forge CloseThe PinfoldMain StreetPear Tree FarmGrange CourtElmhurstCherrytree CottagesHolmehurstManor Farm HouseFishpond LaneBlacksmiths Lane

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Trail details reproduced with kind permission of  the PCC.

1 The  Old Rectory is  to be seen through the small gate to the south of the Church. It was built  in c1785 replacing the earlier Rectory sited near Egginton Hall.

 Note the Crinkle-Crankle  wall which forms the boundary between the Churchyard and the  Old Rectory grounds. The shape of the wall provided shelter for the growing  of fruit trees. The footpath led directly across the fields to Monks' Bridge at a point near where the Roman Ryknield Street crossed  the river. (Not now easily accessible by foot - but can be viewed by car  from the A38 lay-by). This bridge was built c1257 by the monks of the  Monastery at Burton who maintained it, but following the Dissolution of  the Monasteries the repair work fell on local inhabitants and it is recorded  that two of Egginton's  church bells were sold in 1553 to pay for repairs to the bridge. In 1775  the bridge was widened from 11 feet to 17 feet. Just beyond it a few years  earlier in 1770 an aquaduct was built by James Brindley for the Trent  and Mersey Canal to cross over the River Dove and in 1840 the Birmingham  & Derby Junction Railway bridged the river. In 1926 Monks' Bridge  was by-passed by a new A38 road bridge.

2 Mabel's  Lodgeso named after Mabel Pendleton who lived there for many  years, was one of the entrance lodges to the Hall. A pair of earlier Georgian  lodges were located at the entrance to the village on the A38. Through  the Lodge gate can be see the re-incarnated Egginton  Hall.

 The Tudor Hall came into the possession of the Every family when in 1623  Simon Every married Anne Leigh, the heiress and daughter of Sir Henry  Leigh. After the fire of 1736 the Hall was rebuilt by Samuel Wyatt in  collaboration with one of the Adam brothers. As part of the landscaping  a lake and cascade were created and an iron bridge from Coalbrookdale,  dated 1812, was placed in the park. This still exists, believed to be  the 8th oldest iron bridge in Britain. The Hall was used as a hospital  in World War I and was used by the army and the RAF in World War II. The  Estate was sold in 1940. Soon after the War the Hall fell into disuse,  its condition deteriorated until it was demolished in 1954. In 1994, 18 acres of the former park were acquired by Kevin and Sharon Ellis, who set about planning and building  the new Hall.  The new house is classical in style and pays detailed  homage to its predecessor, providing a new family home in a wonderful  setting alongside the original Cedar of Lebanon. Built of red brick with  stone dressings, five bays by four, with a hipped roof behind a low parapet.  The entrance front has a muscular Doric portico. The remaining part of  the stable block and servants’ quarters have been restored.

 3 The brick wall on your left is the original  boundary wall of the Hall and the house now known as The  Orangery is on the site of the original orangery.

4 The row  of cottages now known as Cherrytree  Cottages was once called Green Row as a small  village green was located at this junction. Sir Henry Every, the 9th Baronet,  was challenged to a duel over a hunting dispute with a certain Squire  Osbaldeston. He refused Osbaldeston's challenge, not out of cowardice, but  on principle, as duelling had been made illegal some years earlier. Being  apprehensive about being heckled as a coward by his tenants as he rode  past, when he built this row of cottages he had the front doors placed  at the back.

5 The driveway on the right leads  down to a building now known as Finches Barn which was the old Estate  workshop and yard which provided doors, windows and fencing for the  estate properties and farms. There was also a creosote pit for preserving  timber, a building for spinning flax and a tanyard. Lengths of willow  were also cut for the eventual production of cricket bats. Behind the  yard is a 17th century farm house now  known as Cothay.  The white building on the road is known  as Hardwick's Cottage.  Joseph Hardwick was coachman  at the Hall and for many years Parish Clerk and Vicar's Warden.

6 The estate Home Farm was  on the left. The Courtyard Archway is still in use leading to modern residences  converted from the old buildings. Holmehurst beyond was  listed as the Bailiff's house in 1940 and before that was used by the  Game Keeper.

7 On the right is Manor Farm House and the original buildings of the  farmyard can be seen but are now converted into residences.

8Fishpond Lane takes its name from the  fish pond which was the name given to the lake in front of Egginton Hall, which  can be seen from Watery Lane, the muddy lane to your left. There are  osier beds there and in other places around the village. At one stage an Osier  Feast was held to mark the harvest of what was an important crop used for basket  making.

9 The new sign 'Old Forge Close' is close to the site of a Smithy.  The adjacent building - Plum Tree Farm - also had a wheelwright's shop at the  nearest end.

10 Blacksmith's Lane leads off left.  The cottage on the left was once a butcher's shop. The house across on  the right (Farcroft) also had a blacksmith's shop in its outbuildings.  Further down Blacksmiths Lane, on your right, is Egginton Airfield.

11 Ivy Farm was once one of the estate dairy farms but, as elsewhere, the  farmyard outbuildings have been converted into residencies.

12 Oak Tree Farmis still in use as a  small-holding and a date of 1717 on one of the barns suggests this farm site  predates the village relocation.

13 The next farm on the left is Rye Close Farm,  although the farmhouse has been rebuilt, the old outbuildings still remain.  Beyond this farm to Egginton Brook was situated one of the old 'open fields'  of the village known as the 'Rye Flatt' mentioned in a deed of 1272.   Across to the right is the Primitive Methodist Chapel built  in 1894, now a private home. The white cottage beyond it is Woodbine  Cottage, once  four dwellings. It has some  windows which were originally in 21 Main Street. Between it and the Chapel  there was once a small  caretaker's cottage.

14 Port's Farm on the left, probably  takes its name from Sir John Port of Etwall who died in 1557 and in his will  left certain of his lands including some in Egginton, to the foundation of Repton School and Etwall Hospital, now the Almshouses.

15 The Pinfold or old village pound  for stray animals is located on this corner. After World War I this housed a  German machine gun given to the village as a war trophy!

16 The Paddocks used to be the village  shop and bakery.

17 Egginton  Bridge leads  out of the village over Egginton Brook probably straightened  sometime after the 'Enclosure Award' of 1791. The present bridge was built to  replace one destroyed in the floods of 1977 when  the village was cut off for several days. Essential supplies had to be brought  in by tractor. Across the bridge to the right was Common Farm which was  converted into the present house 'Ash Grove'. The lane was for many years known  as Matron's Lane after the indomitable Miss Catherine Jonathon, who used to live  at Ash Grove, was well known as Matron at Repton Isolation Hospital and  energetic chairman of Egginton Parish Council!

 18 At the end of the Ash Grove Lane is Egginton  Common formerly known as Egginton Heath where the largest action in Derbyshire  during the Civil War took place - a skirmish in 1644 when 250 Parliamentary  cavalry of Sir John Gell under the command of Captain Rhodes surprised  and routed 600 Royalist cavalry, returning victorious after the battle  of Newark, pursuing them into the rivers Dove and Trent. The Every's were  Royalists and  probably the Hall was looted after this event.

19 The row of old cottages in William Newton  Close were built in 1824 out of Parish Funds to provide 8 cottages for  the poor, together with a school room, at a cost of 443. Records recall Julia  Ling as school mistress. William Newton who was born in Egginton became a  merchant in London and, in 1820, gave 2,000 to be invested for the poor inthe village.

20  White House was originally one of the estate dairy farms.

21 Main Street  (Nos 21 and 19). These building date from 1854. No. 21 was for many years the Post Office. It  also used to have unusual windows as seen in No 19 but these were removed to a  cottage in Duck Street.

22  Pear Tree Farm is now the only fully working farm left in the village.

23 Grange Court was originally  Grange Farm and it is thought that the parish Tithe Barn was located here. Aerial photo shows Grange Farm about 30 years ago.

24 Elmhurst was the home of the agent for the Every estate. Beyond that was situated  Gregory's Cottage, now demolished. A sword, thought to have been hidden by a  fleeing Royalist after the 1644 skirmish on Egginton Heath, was found in the  thatch about 250 years  later.

25 The present Memorial Hall was erected in 1857 as a Board School and enlarged in 1891. In 1902 the  part of the school to the left of the entrance was built as a Parish Institute  and Reading Room. After World War I, it was purchased by the village from  the Every family as a War Memorial. The building is still owned by the  village (via a Trust) and is rented out to Derbyshire County Council as  a Primary School, doubling as the Village Hall in 'out of school' hours.  At the rear was the old Post Office and Shop, which closed in 2007. This is now home to the Egginton History Association.

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Updated : 30 September 2019