History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Cavendish family graves in St Peter's churchyard
On one side of the green a school was erected, though this was torn down in 1950. The stone was used to build a pair of cottages in memory of the Duke's brother, the Marquis of Hartington, who served in the Coldstream Guards and died in action in 1944.
Building work began in 1838, when existing tenants were temporarily moved to housing in the neighbouring villages of Beeley and Pilsley. The new community was enclosed within an iron fence, and entered through a gateway off the Baslow/Chatsworth Road. In 1842 a castellated entrance lodge was built to control access.
Not every building was erected from new by Paxton; he retained the earlier vicarage and an exiting 18th century inn.
Scott retained Norman features in the new church such as the westernmost pillars in the nave, but the most interesting feature is a superb early 17th century memorial erected by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, to her 2 sons, Henry and William, 2st Earl of Devonshire. This stunning piece of sculpture occupies an entire wall of the Cavendish Chapel, with memorial to members of the Cavendish family of Chatsworth. Look for the monument to Frederick Cavendish, who was murdered in Dublin, and the funeral wreath sent by Queen Victoria.
What's in a name?
The excellent church guide tells us that the name of the village is pronounced 'Ensor', however, the Chatsworth website says that it is properly pronounced 'Enza'. It seems even the locals aren't sure!
Just a few steps from St Peter's church is the Edensor Tea Cottage, built around a cobbled yard. The building began as a farmhouse, and was remodelled by Paxton. Aside from the tea room, which serves excellent cakes as we can attest, the building hosts the local Women's Institute and a busy craft group.
VisitingWe came to Edensor to visit the church, which I had seen mentioned in several guidebooks. Even though the day was grey and dreary, with spitting rain, I loved the village. The houses designed by Paxton are an absolute delight, and it is hard to imagine a prettier estate village anywhere. The Cavendish graves are worth a visit, and if you enjoy historic architecture like I do then Paxton's grave is practically a pilgrimage site! It is extremely easy to combine a trip to Chatsworth with a visit to Edensor; you could even park at Chatsworth and walk across the estate to the village.
Address: B6012, Edensor, Derbyshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the B6012 just south of the Chatsworth House entrance
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Edensor, St Peter's Church - 0 miles (Historic Church)
Chatsworth - 0.6 miles (Historic House)
Hob Hurst's House - 2.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Bakewell, All Saints Church - 2.3 miles (Historic Church)
Old House Museum - 2.4 miles (Museum)
Haddon Hall - 2.4 miles (Historic House)
Caudwell's Mill - 2.6 miles (Historic Building)
Thornbridge Hall Gardens - 3.4 miles (Garden)
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