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Conservation area update for Litton

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 19 February 2008

19 February 2008

Conservation area update for Litton

The people of Litton have the chance to comment on a draft Litton conservation area appraisal prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority.

This illustrated document looks in detail at the qualities that make Litton village a special place. Minor amendments to the conservation area boundary are also proposed.

As part of its consultation, the Authority is inviting anyone with an interest to Litton Village Hall on Monday March 10, any time from 4pm to 7:30pm, to talk to conservation officers.

Litton is one of 109 conservation areas in the national park, designated to ensure the special character of a place is preserved and enhanced. All conservation areas are reviewed periodically, and this appraisal forms part of that process.

Litton, near Tideswell, was first mentioned in the 11th-century Domesday Book, but most of its surviving buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Agriculture has always been a feature of village life and it is surrounded by the remnants of distinctive medieval strip fields.  Lead mining in the 18th century resulted in the construction of some particularly fine houses.  In the 19th century demand for accommodation for mill workers resulted in some of the cottages being built.  

Today the parish has a population of nearly 600, and with its village green overlooked by the Red Lion pub, school and community-run shop, it is a classic English country setting.

The draft conservation area appraisal is available for consultation until March 28 and may be viewed at the Authority’s headquarters at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, during normal office hours, or on the website,

Written comments should be sent to the Historic Buildings Team at the above address or e-mail by March 28.

This is an archived press release

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