Wednesday, 15 June 2011


My personal challenge for this round of Miss Jenny Matlock's alphabe-Thursday is to post about a location within the borders of my own county of Derbyshire, UK, for each letter of the alphabet.

Look for the letter, to see where I am.

I is for Ingleby.


When I was teenager, we would set out for the day and ride all over South Derbyshire on our bikes. We didn't leave a route plan and no one worried about us. Ingleby is one of the many places we would ride through, losing ourselves in the twisting country lanes which meander across this area.

To call it a village would be an inaccuracy. Although Ingleby can trace its history back to the Domesday book, it is still too small to be called a village. It is officially termed a hamlet; a word which derives from the Anglo Saxon hamelete and has come to denote a community too small to justify the building of a church.  At the time of Domeday, Ingleby is listed as being part of the considerable acreage belonging to Nigel of Stafford.

On the eastern edge of the village, there is a pub (more about that next week) and a farm.

I love this farmhouse!

Moving further into the village, there are a few small groups of cottages....

...and a gallery.

The building housing the gallery was originally a stable for shire horses. It was built in the 18th Century and was part of a working farm on the Foremarke Estate.

The gallery holds exhibitions throughout the year, each one lasting for two weeks with a four week special at Christmas. Artwork exhibited includes jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork and glassware from both featured artists and regular exhibitors.  The focus is on displaying work showing diverse styles and skills.

The small public building squeezed onto the space by the roadside displays the 1914-19 war memorial, listing those from Ingleby, Foremarke and Milton, who died in the 'Great War'. It also sports the village notice board and the post box.

GR for George Rex - George V (1910 - 1936).

I think this is a natural well, but I couldn't find any information to confirm that.

Finally, I spotted one bonus delight as I was leaving the hamlet...

...field after field of bright red poppies.

What a beautiful sight!


  1. Fantastic little town, and thanks again for the information. THe field of red poppies is cherry topping.

  2. I really really really need to plan a trip there!

  3. Another *I*nspiring post! Plus great pics!

    Have a lovely weekend too,

    XOXO Lola:)

  4. Oh wow. Some of those buildings with the "having settled for centuries" brick remind me of my brothers current town. He's in Waterford, VA. This town has a center with building of the same vintage you show here. He has a civil war era decrepit barn on his 5 acre property. I love how you captured these. And I can't help but be enchanted with the freedom we had in our youth when we could ride anywhere without fear. Sigh. I absolutely adore those poppy pictures. And the one with the red post box. Do you sell your images? Please let me know, ok?
    Tina @ Life is Good

  5. Love the green walls of the gallery!
    We have a nice bird sanctuary in Calgary called Inglewood. They have wild mink there too. What does Ingle mean?
    You keep mentioning "when I was a teenager" and other similat references to your age. How old are you anyway?

  6. All those window panes in the houses - a challenge to clean but so lovely!
    And those poppies - wow! What a gorgeous sight.

  7. Oh so beautiful! I love trailing along on your trips through the alphabet of the sites near your home... And I had fun learning the difference between a village and a hamlet... Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    The skillet bread is so, so easy :o) Thank you for visiting!

  8. So we are down to "I" and you have produced another interesting post! I LOVE it!!!!

  9. The poppy field is gorgeous! I like the scroll work on gallery fence.
    such interesting information and buildings! It's a pleasure to take this trip with you!

  10. Michael and Hanne,
    I believe an ingle is a fireplace with an open fire.
    Ingleby, however, is defined as a ‘farmstead or village of the Englishmen’, Englar + bý

  11. Great post - especially as I have ancestors who lived in Ingleby in the late 18th early 19th century. They were baptised at Foremark church but lived in Ingleby - I found parish records for one of them he was apprenticed to a cordwainer in Derby, the parish paid for transport for him but he tried to return to the village and was sent back again - it was a hard life for some. The poppies are gorgeous:)

  12. Hi I'm your newest follower; found you via Alphabe-Thursday.

    Loved the days when we could just wander safely. My kids didn't have that.

    My favorite photos are the poppies. Unbelievably beautiful. Very Wizard of Oz!

  13. I SO love your tours...AND the poppies!


  14. beautiful location.
    staying close to nature is cool.

  15. Oh fun! You went waaaay South this week! Delightful post. I can imagine the joy in riding bikes through this delicious countryside.

    And those poppies. Absolutely magnificent! Do you think they grow them for seed?

    Such a lovely journey. All I need is tea!

    Thanks for linking up!


  16. What a great post, H. I was thinking what a lovely place this would be to bike around... and then you stole my heart with the poppies! I did notice you ignored the question about your age... hahaha! Oh, and I can't wait till you get to M!

    [In my signs post, I believe what the authorities did not want me to photograph is the dam, so I was careful not to shoot anything that looked like I was sharing state secrets. However, as several later commenters pointed out, what secrets with satellites able to capture a licence plate?]

  17. Thank you for the tour and the poppies and the daisies are so pretty.

  18. Oh wow! I think I'm in love with this little hamlet! I think this is how I always imagined small villages from all those Jane Austen novels to look like :) I love the buildings and I absolutely love that field of poppies :)

  19. Many thanks for a fantastic site. I was intrigued by the WW1 memorial. If I recall correctly there are 9 names, possibly 3 sets of brothers. To add poignancy, the little building was originally the village school.

  20. Many thanks for a fantastic site. I was intrigued by the WW1 memorial. If I recall correctly there are 9 names, possibly 3 sets of brothers. To add poignancy, the little building was originally the village school.