This thatched two storey cottage about a mile from the centre
of Wirksworth was linked to "Adam Bede", the
classic nineteenth century novel written by George Elliot.
George Elliot was the pseudonym used by Mary Ann Evans as it
was easier to use a male name rather than a female name if
you were a woman at the time she was writing.
Her aunt, Elizabeth Evans, was believed to be
the character Dinah Morris and Wirksworth was the Snowfield
of the novel. Elliot's uncle, Samuel Evans, was the
manager of the Haarlem Tape Works and the manager's house where
the couple lived was opposite the old tape mills. Samuel would
hold Methodist meetings in the mill and his wife would also
The thatched roof shown in the picture had been replaced by
slate tiles before 1908.