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The Peacock Hotel
Rowsley is located in Derbyshire
 Rowsley shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference
District Derbyshire Dales
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MATLOCK
Postcode district DE4
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Rowsley is a village on the A6 road in the English county of Derbyshire.

It is at the point where the River Wye flows into the River Derwent and prospered from mills on both.


  • Overview 1
  • Railway stations 2
    • Rowsley South 2.1
    • Rowsley North 2.2
  • Notable residents 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Former Rowsley railway station

Notable features are the bridge over the River Derwent and the Grade-II*-listed[3] Peacock hotel, originally built in 1652 as a manor house by John Stevenson, agent to Lady Manners, whose family crest bearing a peacock gives it its name. Both Longfellow and Landseer are said to have stayed there. Nearby is Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

It was the site of an extensive motive power depot and marshalling yard, the first being built by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway with a railway station designed by Joseph Paxton in 1849. This was replaced by a new station when the line was extended northwards in 1862. It was frequently used by King Edward VII when he visited Chatsworth House. The original station became a goods depot until 1968, when it was used as a contractor's yard. It then became the centrepiece of a shopping development.

Railway stations

Rowsley South

River Derwent and thence the trackbed that runs through the Duke of Rutland's estate to Bakewell.

Rowsley North

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Rowsley South   Peak Rail
Future Extension

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Monsal Trail Derbyshire Peak District Litton Cressbrook Mill Cycling Bike Track Disused Railway". Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Monsal Trail structures". Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ The TimesPhilip Whitehead's obituary in

Further reading

  • The Peacock at Rowsley. (1869). A gossiping book about fishing and country life with a descriptive of a well-known resort of anglers at the junction of the Wye and River Derwent, by John Joseph Briggs, London: Bemrose and Sons

External links

  • East Lodge Hotel
  • Peacock Hotel
  • Peak Rail
  • Haddon Hall
  • General information
  • Local photography
  • grid reference SK256658
  • "Picture the Past" Rowsley station building in 1987
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