This lovely print shows the centre of Wirksworth town, looking North West.
St Mary the Virgin Parish church sits in its cathedral-like close,
surrounded by old houses and winding roads.
West End is the wide road running towards the top left of the picture.
St John's Street runs towards mid-left and Derby. Harrison Drive towards
mid-right and Cromford. Coldwell Street towards the bottom right and
Longway Bank. Dale and Greenhill towards top-right. The busy stalls
of Market Place, (it must be Tuesday), are where West End meets
St John's Street. The Heritage Centre is right across the road,
you'll be made most welcome.
In 1983 Wirksworth was presented with the prestigious Europa Nostra Award
for architectural conservation. Inside St Mary's Church can be seen
the famous Wirksworth Stone (1,200 years old),
the T'owd Man carving, and the font where
60,000 infants have been baptised. Within this church were written the
Parish Registers and the
Churchwardens' Accounts . Memorial
Inscriptions from the
Church and Churchyard are given in this website.
The print is a limited edition of 500 which is still obtainable.
Here are some details:
Artist: Irene K. Bates
Title: Wirksworth Town Centre
Edition size: 500
Medium: 200 Screen, lithography, full colour
Image (cms):43.4 x 36.5
Paper (cms):51 x 44.2
Publisher:R.A.Barlow, (whose permission has been obtained to publish
the print on this website).
Wirksworth Heritage Centre