A nice scene this, a trap pulled by weary horse climbs the hill,
equipped with acetylene
lamps. Behind, a mother with long skirt and baby in arms. Going down,
a workman wearing boots and spats and swinging a mysterious bag.
Where does the name Whatstandwell come from?
"The explanation of this name is to be found in the 1390 charter which is
an agreement between the Abbot of Darley and John de Stepul, the
latter intending to build a bridge over the River Derwent next to the
house which Walter Stonewell had held of Darley Abbey. The ford
there was known as Wattestanwell ford. The same man witnesses
charters as Walt' Stondewell in 1347 and Walt' Standewell'
From The Place-Names of Derbyshire by
Perhaps Whatstandwell is most famous as the place where Ellen MacArthur,
the round-the-world sailor, grew up. Entering Whatstandwell and Ellen
in Google brings 342 websites! Congratulations Ellen.
Whatstandwell is also well known for its
Bridge over the Derwent, the
Cromford Canal, and nearby
Unfortunately, the sign over the door of the nearest house is unreadable.
It looks like a Sunday!
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