The Vaults pub use to be known as the Compleat Angler after the book by Izaak Walton & Charles Cotton. Looking very sorry for itself before it went under major refurbishment into Seymour Interiors and apartments above.
As you can see, alot of work was carried out inside as well as out!
Wirksworth is an ancient Saxon town which was once the principal lead-mining centre of the Peak.
Lead mining peaked in the 17th and 18th Centuries before going into decline in the 19th Century.
The discovery of large deposits of lead in Australia brought the price of lead down so drastically that Wirksworth’s mines had to close.
Many of Wirksworth’s houses were built during this prosperous time for the town.Limestone quarrying became the area’s principal industry after lead mining and the arrival of the railway lead to easier distribution.
Wirksworth was in danger of becoming a ghost town when the quarries became mechanised.
Dust, dirt and noise made the town almost inhospitable and many people left.
Then, in the 1970s, the local civic association formed the Wirksworth Project, declaring much of the town a restoration zone and set about restoring it to its former beauty.
Wirksworth wells are dressed on Spring Bank Holiday and there is also an annual arts and crafts festival in September.