|Dethick, Manor Farm
Three farms, Church Farm, Babington Farm and Manor Farm, cluster
around the church at Dethick. The Manor Farm building contains
remains of the old mansion of the Dethicks and Babingtons,
so parts of the building are fifteenth century with sixteenth
and eighteenth century additions. Manor Farm is Grade 2 listed
and one of its outbuildings, as well as a couple belonging
to the neighbouring Babington Farm, are also listed. The
historian J. C. Cox said there was also an old barn, built
by Sir Anthony Babington,
still standing in 1915.
Thomas Tudor, writing in 1926, added that "the great
kitchen is still there, with its turnspit and other curious
things of Elizabethan days".
Cellar Doorway, Dethick Hall (Manor Farm)
by J. Gresley, 1863-4.
In the late 1930s Alison Uttley wrote
a fictional novel about the Babingtons called "A
Traveller in Time". In her story Manor
Farm was called Thackers and the plot was woven around
the house and the local area.
Manor Farm also featured regularly on the BBC's popular
children's programme Blue Peter when Simon Groom was one
of the presenters. At the time (circa 1980) the
BBC dramatised Alison Uttley's book for a children's
serial and the production was filmed at Manor Farm.
Kitchen, Babington Manor House, 1926 sketch
showing the triple arched hearth range.
A photograph, from a postcard, of the hearth range is shown
The card dates from a similar time to the sketch.
A pair of boots are tucked under the chair in the alcove
where the cooking range is and a variety
of tools are hung above the wooden chest on the right of
the same alcove.
Behind the range is some sort of recess; lined up along the
bottom are a number of flat irons.
An oil lamp hangs from the ceiling.
Leonard Wheatcroft, parish clerk of Ashover as well as poet, tailor
and schoolmaster, wrote the following verse about Dethick in
1672. It is part of a much longer poem:
(v.15) "To speak of Dedick what shall I do there,
Babbington's Treason hateful doth appear ;
Their house is down and they are gone to nought,
So will all those which ere rebellion sought.
Then pray to God for peace and unity,
That King and nobles all may well agree".
(Extracts from: Wheatcroft, Leonard (1672), An
Elegy. Not published until it appeared in The Reliquary,
Vol. VI. 1865-6, ed. Llewellynn Jewitt, F.S.A.)
1. "The Manor Farm and St. John the Baptist Church, Dethick".
Published by Scientific Press. Stamped on the front Oct 1921. © Susan
2. "Cellar Doorway, Dethick Hall", published in The
Reliquary, Vol 4 (1863-4).
3. "Kitchen, Babington Manor House", by Thomas Linthwaite
4. "Kitchen, Manor Farm, Dethick".
Published by The Scientific Press Ltd., London.
Images 1 and 4 in the collection of, provided by and © Susan
Images 2 and 3 in the collection of, provided by and © Ann
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
 Cox, John Charles, (1915, 2nd
edition, revised), "Derbyshire" - Illustrated
by J. Charles Wall, Methuen & Co., London.
 Tudor, Thomas Linthwaite (1926), "The
High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia",
published London by Robert Scott. With drawings by Fred Adcock
 Uttley, Alison (1939), "A
Traveller in Time", published by Faber and Faber. See a
brief biography about Alison Uttley elsewhere on this site.
Mrs Uttley had been brought up on a farm not too far away from
Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire
Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock
Directory of Derbyshire, 1891: Dethick, Lea and Holloway,