Photographs of Milton, Derbyshire , England

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Milton. This is located in South Derbyshire near Repton.

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• Photos of Milton, Derbyshire
Milton is a hamlet established well over 1000 years ago. It lies 6 miles South West of the city of Derby and 1½ miles East of Repton on the way to Foremark Reservoir which marks part of the boundary between Foremark and Milton.
If you have broadband then you can watch a video of a drive through Milton, Derbyshire.

The population is around 200 with 80 houses of which 60 are within the village envelope.

Its origins are not certain but it is reasonable to presume that Milton was founded by the Saxons at a similar time to Repton between 500 and 550 AD. The Domesday Book (1086) mentions the Berewite of Middletune (Hamlet of Milton). Middletune is Old English meaning Middle Farmstead or Estate. The name changed several times before becoming the present Milton.

From the late 14th century onwards there are records of various land/property transactions, including the purchase of the Foremark estate by the Franceys family in 1387 of which Milton was a small part. This part passed to the Burdett family when Jane Franceys married Thomas Burdett (1st Baronet) in 1607. After this there were exchanges of land between the Burdett and Harpur Crewe families and the purchase by the Burdetts of other lands in Milton between 1821 and 1826, Milton remained in the possession of the Burdetts until the death of Sir Francis when the estate was sold to the Prudential Insurance Company who in turn sold it in 1943 to the present owners the Church Commissioners for England.

Two words feature prominently throughout the history of Milton, Hamlet and Farming. Alongside the farms were the associated activities such as butchery, tanning and in the 1850s there were still 2 cornmills. A slaughterhouse was in business at what is now Old Post Office Farm from the 1850s until the early 1900s and there was also a bakehouse. The post office closed in the mid 1960s but the village has retained the red telephone kiosk. The 3-storey brick farmhouses and accompanying farm buildings that dominate the conservation area of the village today were built in the late 18th century. In 1890 a timber-framed Mission Room was built for religious services and is still used as the Village Hall. At the end of the 19th century Milton Old Waterworks were built and a fishery established to the South of Mill Farm. The waterworks have since been replaced and the fishery no longer exists.

Many changes to buildings took place in the 20th century and life was greatly improved with the arrival of electricity in 1931 and the provision of mains water supply to dwellings that was completed in 1950, water previously being provided by 2 public taps. The final installation of mains sewerage to all households took place in 1970 doing away with the weekly collection of sewerage by the Council.

New properties have been built and conversions made of redundant farms and buildings. Today there are 2 working farms, both belonging to the estate. There are 5 Grade II listed buildings, including a dovecote which was one of only 16 in Derbyshire when it was built in 1766. The Swan public house still provides a warm welcome to local people and visitors.

Although the village has seen many changes in the last century, it still has a very rural character with its one main street and the many paths initially used for the movement of cattle and sheep have become public footpaths and bridle paths to provide pleasant walks for residents and visitors.

The Coach House was turned into a Restaurant/Pub around about 1969/70 and renamed. It was reverted back to private ownership in 2000. It also went back to its original name "Bramcote Lodge" which is the name it
had when it was built as part of the Burdett estate.

The village has an original classic red phone box on Main street which was given a grade II listing in January 2005.

For a local map of the Milton area click HERE.
For a aerial photo with overlayed map click HERE
oogle Streetview has captured Milton as you can see here.

I would like to thank Polly Faulkner and Avril Skipper of Milton for their help in providing historical information about Milton.

Photo Description : The Swan inn pub
Image Reference No. : DP-140903MILTON-01
Exact Map location : Click HERE
Date photo taken : 14th September 2003
Other Information : The Swan Inn is located at 49 Main Street in Milton and is run by Stella and Roger. It serves real ales and home cooked food. You will always receive a freindly welcome.
They have many events such as mini beer festivals and even car boot sales !
Photo Description : Bramcote Lodge junction
Image Reference No. : DP-200204MILTON-02
Exact Map location : Click HERE
Date photo taken : 20th February 2004
Other Information : This white building is Bramcote Lodge (private) and used to be a pub until 2000. The main road through Milton bends to the left here and becomes Milton Road which leads to Repton. The road to the right is Meadow Lane which eventually leads to a track which used allow you to cross on the Twyford Ferry across the River Trent.

Photo Description : Milton Village Hall
Image Reference No. : DP-200204MILTON-03
Date photo taken : 20th February 2004
Other Information : This timber-framed Mission Room was built in 1890 for religious services and today is still used as the Village Hall
Photo Description : The dovecote
Image Reference No. : DP-200204MILTON-04
Date photo taken : 20th February 2004
Other Information : This Grade II listed building, is a dovecote which was one of only 16 in Derbyshire when it was built in 1766.
Photo Description : Old Brook farm
Image Reference No. : DP-200204MILTON-05
Date photo taken : 20th February 2004
Other Information : This building is currently being renovated and was once Brook Farm that made cheese, probably for their own use and local people.

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