The Peacock Hotel
 Rowsley shown within Derbyshire
Population 507 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK258659
DistrictDerbyshire Dales
Shire countyDerbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town MATLOCK
Postcode district DE4
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Coordinates: 53°11′24″N 1°36′50″W / 53.190°N 1.614°W / 53.190; -1.614


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Monsal Trail

to Buxton

Midland Railway
to Peak Forest
Topley Pike junction
Chee Tor Nº1 tunnel
Millers Dale
Millers Dale viaducts
Litton Tunnel (
516 yd
472 m
Cressbrook Tunnel (
471 yd
431 m
Monsal Dale
Headstone Viaduct
Headstone Tunnel (
533 yd
487 m
Great Longstone

Coombs Road viaduct(end of trail)
Haddon Tunnel (
1058 yd
967 m
Rowsley(proposed extension)

Rowsley South
Darley Dale
Matlock Riverside
Peak Rail line


Rowsley is a village on the A6 road in the English county of Derbyshire. The population as at the 2011 census was 507.[3]

It is at the point where the River Wye flows into the River Derwent and prospered from mills on both. The border of the Peak District National Park runs through the village west of the River Wye and immediately to the north of Chatsworth Road.


The original Rowsley railway station

Notable features are the bridge over the River Derwent and the Grade-II*-listed[4] 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 known as Peak Village.

Railway stations

Rowsley South

Rowsley South is the current northern terminus of the preserved heritage railway Peak Rail, and is located about a quarter-mile south of the village itself. Running for a length of four miles between Rowsley and Matlock, it is projected that the heritage railway will run into Rowsley proper in the near future. In the long term, the A6 presents the greatest challenge to the organisation, as a new bridge is required to be built over it in order to reach the viaduct which crosses the River Derwent and thence the trackbed that runs through the Duke of Rutland's estate to Bakewell.

Rowsley North

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

Notable residents


Further reading

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