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Things to do in Egginton, Derbyshire

St Wilfrid's Church, Egginton © Hugh McDowall
St Wilfrid's Church, Egginton © Hugh McDowall

Eggington like many villages, developed round an estate and hall owned by the Every family. In 1902 the hall was visited by royalty, King George V11 and Queen Alexanda, over the next 50 years the hall slowly fell into decay until a new hall was built in 1994, the land is still private farmland with a corner used by the vilage as sports and playing fields.

Residents of Eggington take pride in their village that is well kept and neat, yet there is still an atmosphere of rural life as the proud rooster and his harem of hens strut around the entrance to the hall. In paddocks, horses graze and there is a sound of clip clopping of horses hooves echoing down the lane.

Eggington has a great community spirit and action group ever working to improve the life of the village. Evidence of work being carried out to renovate and restore old cottages, a major project is to "Make a Space for Nature" by clearing land near St Wilfrid's Church into a nature reserve by the Hilton Brook as a tranquil place to rest and contenplate.

A unique feature of the village is Cherrytree Cottage, in 1815 the owner was challenged to a duel after a disagreement but declind to take up the chalenge, fearing the village thought him a coward he blocked up the front door of his cottage, Cherrytree cottage, now two cottages, still has no front door but the entrances are at the rear. Another unique feature is the "Crinkle-Cranklie Wall" in the church, a serpentine wavy wall where fruit trees grow in the protection of the alcoves.

The church of St Wilfrid's is an absolute treasure with some of the finest stained glass window in the county. The church door is open to visitors on the first Wednesday afternoon each month, when you will recieve the warmest of welcomes with a chance to take afternoon tea and a opportunity to chat and learn about the fascinating stories and history of Eggington Village.

Description by Shirley Leedham

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