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Heath

Heath

Heath is a village in Derbyshire. It is immediately adjacent to junction 29 of the M1 motorway and the A617 dual carriageway to Chesterfield.

In the Domesday Survey of 1086, two settlements are recorded around the present location of the village of Heath. They were called Lunt and Le Hethe. The two villages probably combined during the 12th or 13th century. However, relatively little change has taken place since then. Maps from around 1609 show the village in almost its present layout.

The manor of the village was in the possession of Robert de Ferrars, the First Earl of Derby, who gave it to the monks of Garendon Abbey. It remained in their possession for almost 400 years. It then became bequeathed by Henry VIII to Thomas Manners, then to various families following him.

In the village, there are two buildings listed as Grade II, meaning they are of special archeological and historical interest. There is a thatched cottage located near to the entrance of the former Secondary school. The second building is the remains of the original 12th century church, which is separated from the village by the dual carriageway.

The village had a railway station on the Great Central Railway, which partly followed the route taken by the dual carriageway today. Both the line and the station closed in the 1960s as part of the 'Beeching axe'.

In May 1977, the village was designated a conservation area.

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