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Tissington Hall

Tissington Hall is called 'The Gem At The Heart Of The Peak' and rightly so. There have been eight generations of the Fitzherbert family living in this stunning Jacobean mansion, a grade 2 listed building tucked away within the wild rolling hills of Derbyshire. It is a beautiful backdrop with a timeless atmosphere for fairytale weddings, garden opera and is available for private parties and exclusive corporate events. The quintessentially English village is a chocolate box scene, complete with its own duck pond and village green. The whole Tissington estate is about wide green spaces and the houses seen to be scattered about carelessly, with no uniformity.


The history of Tissington can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age. Recent excavations have found a barrow at Crakelow, which was opened in 1848 to reveal human bones and a fine Bronze Age earthenware barrow which now resides in the Weston Park Museum at Sheffield. In 1863 another barrow was opened nearby, which was found to contain two separate interments, an Anglo-Saxon burial, which was made on top of a much earlier Celtic site. The Saxon burial contained a 34 inch long fine sword, together with our circular boss of a shield, the remainder of which had disintegrated.


As one of the few remaining privately owned villages left in the UK, it has provided a popular venue for filmmakers. The village has no road markings, street lighting, or any external noise and so period films of this era, are so easy to setup because it remains as it was from that time period.


There are over 2500 acres of farmland and stone cottages which are available to use and along with the old coach house tea rooms, the duck pond and the ford, it is the most picturesque place and all self contained.


The Jacobean Hall has 12 bedrooms, a library with over 3000 books, and five large reception rooms. Most of these are panelled beautifully and there is a wonderful, enormous kitchen.


Although privately owned, the hall has open days and visitors can simply turn up on the day. The hall and gardens are open for groups and societies throughout the year, and guided tours of the Hall usually operate every 20 minutes in the afternoons. The tea rooms in the village are always open for afternoon teas, light lunches and delicious coffee.


The hall is licensed for civil weddings and receptions, providing an idyllic setting for the perfect day. The gardens are also available to hire, allowing guests to roam free.


 

The History Of Tissington Hall

Tissington, is named 'Tizinctun' in the Domesday book, which was listed among the possessions of Henry de Ferrers who took over the state early on. It then passed to the Savage family in the time of Henry I. The last male heir died in 1259 and the two co heiresses of Savage brought the manor in moieties to the families of Edensor and Meynell.


In the Meynell family, the estate passed down the generations to Joan Meynell and her second husband Sir Thomas Clynton, whose daughter married Robert Farnceys and his granddaughter Cicely, eventually then became heiress. She married Nicholas FitzHerbert of Somersall and thus half the manor of Tissington became into the FitzHerbert family through a succession of heiresses, Savage, Meynell, Clynton and finally Franceys.


In the meantime the other half of the estate passed by marriage to the Harthills, from the Edensors. This then was passed onto the Cockaynes. In the reign of Elizabeth I, The great grandson of Nicholas FitzHerbert, Francis, purchased it and so the manor of Tissington was at last reunited. Both Francis and his son, Sir John, served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire, a post which circulated among the County families.


Since that time the Fitzherbert family who still occupy the hall, govern the estate , which has been lovingly looked after over the decades, extending from the River Dove in the West to Bradbourne Mill in the East.