Meadows News 


30. 9. 2021

Stage 2 Consultation Opens

 The Town Council is now looking to refine the ideas received in our first consultation. 

Please help us by clicking the link below and  completing the short survey: 

Second Meadows Consultation



Stage 1 Consultation Summary

The first Meadows consultation has now closed, thank you to all those who contributed. The summary document is now available to view and download. Read more here:

Meadows consultation page 



The Consultation Re-opens

For 6 weeks, until the end of April 2021, the first phase of consultation regarding the future use of The Meadows has re-opened. Click the following link to be taken to the main Meadows page for further information: The Meadows public consultation 



Archaeological update

Work to commence a second phase of consultation regarding the Meadows was unfortunately postponed in March at the onset of the pandemic. However some minor works have continued in the intervening period and this includes tree works and archaeological surveys.

View of the Meadows looking south from tump towards Summer Lane on a sunny day

The Wirksworth Archaeological Society spent much of the early summer analysing the area known locally as ‘The Tump’, the raised area to the north-west of the Meadows. The image to the left is taken from the Tump looking towards Summer Lane.


Following several painstaking investigations, which yielded [tellingly] few finds, this work indicated that the Tump was the result of human endeavour rather than the natural land level; it was concluded this area was perhaps not an archaeological site. Most likely this site was used to dump clay removed from the adjacent Yokecliffe estate at the time of its construction. So, a reminder archaeology takes into account more recent history too and this is attested to by the fact that archaeologists were able to confirm that mowing of the Meadows stopped in the early 1990s through their most modern finds. These included balls of all shapes and sizes and quarter vodka bottles but no alcopop bottles (in other public places a common find) which were not introduced into this country until 1995! 


Beneath the clay on the Tump there was one interesting find, a sherd of pottery, believed to be North Gaulish White Ware, dating from Roman Britain of the first century. The Society intends to return to the Tump at the end of the rest of its work in order to make sure of their provisional opinion about it.


An image showing a test pit measuring one metre, dug by the Archaeological Society

In the autumn the Archaeological Society refocussed their efforts upon the east side of the Meadows to investigate the ditch there and confirm, if possible, the belief it may date back to Medieval period. This work will continue but is delayed, of course, by current events.

Members of the archaeological society are shown working on the Meadows



For more information about Wirksworth Archaeological Society visit:                                                                

  Images © Anton Shone      


Picture This

See our Meadows consultation page for information on how children can contribute to the consultation during Lockdown. 


Archaeological Survey

Wirksworth Archaeological Society will be undertaking an exploratory survey, they will be investigating a structure revealed on LIDAR (scan attached here). 

Tree Work

The Town Council has engaged an Arboriculturist who has undertaken a safety survey of the trees currently on the Meadows. 

Two trees have been identified that require remedial works. The council will be engaging a local tree surgeon to make both trees safe.  If possible, the main trunks will be left in place to retain wildlife habitat, and habitat piles will be created adjacent to each tree.  


A locked noticeboard has been erected on the Meadows - at the fork of the two footpaths at the top (NE) end of the space. This will be used to provide updates on all matters Meadows related including the consultation process.

Topographical Survey

The council has engaged a surveyor to prepare a topographical survey of the space to aid in the consultation process.

Stoney Wood

Stoney Wood

Stoney Wood is Wirksworth's Millennium woodland planted in the area recovered from Stonecroft Quarry. The land on which the wood is planted was donated by Tarmac Ltd to Wirksworth Town Council. The original planting was started by Tarmac but later sections were planted by local adults and children in a project ...

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Hiring the Hall

Main Hall

We have  two buildings with rooms to hire on an hourly basis, and the newly renovated Fanny Shaw's Community Building (FSCB) which is operated on a key loan system. 

Town Hall:- The Main Hall is large, suitable for a variety of uses - dance, exercise, large meeting space, wedding reception, family parties, musical events, etc, whilst other rooms - the Club Room, Ante Room, Council Chamber, are suited to smaller classes/groups. All rooms are available for hire during the day & evening during week days & weekends.  

Memorial Hall:- the Hall & Kitchen are available to hire for meetings, parties, fayres, events and classes/groups, during the day & evening during week days and weekends.

Fanny Shaw's:- Community building key available free of charge for use by groups such as: parents, schools, nurseries, scouts & not-for-profit groups holding events on the park.      

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Council Meetings


Environment & Town Affairs
(Usually held on the first Monday of the month)
Finance, Buildings & Personnel
(Usually held on the second Monday of the month)
Town Council Meeting
(Usually held on the third Monday of the month)

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