Shipley Country Park facilities and history

People Walking on Shipley Hill

With all that's on offer, and 1,000 years of history, we hope that your visit to Shipley Country Park will be enjoyable.


What do we have at Shipley Country Park?

Our facilities provide opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding, angling, exercising, jogging, dog walking, Health Walking, Wayfaring, kite-flying, picnicking, photography, bird watching, exploring the park, geocaching and much more! 
 
For further information about these activities please visit our Things To Do web page.

You can download a map of Shipley Country Park from the more information section on this web page.

If you require this document in another format please contact Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058.

The history of Shipley Country Park

The Shipley Estate is an ancient manor mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), when it was recorded as belonging to Gilbert of Ghent, the nephew of William the Conqueror. Records dating from the 14th century show that the land was used as a sporting estate with a hunting lodge on Shipley Hill and the area was prized for its extensive forest and excellent hunting.

Shipley Country Park has long had an association with coal mining, however, from the mid 1500's, coal mining began to play an increasingly important part in shaping the landscape at Shipley and providing income for the owners. By 1722 coal mining was in full swing on the estate, and around 1765 the Miller Mundy family took over the running of the mines themselves.

With the death of Alfred Edward Miller Mundy in 1920, the Shipley Colliery Company (founded by the Miller Mundy family) took over complete control of the mines and ran them until nationalisation in 1947.

The Woodside and Coppice pits continued in production until the 1960's when they were closed because they were uneconomic. This brought a close to over 250 years of deep mining at Shipley and left behind a legacy of spoil heaps, derelict buildings, polluted lakes and 30 abandoned mine shafts.

Derbyshire County Council determined that a Country Park was a suitable memorial to mining in the area. The National Coal Board obtained permission in 1970 to reclaim the land in the vicinity of the closed collieries by opencast methods. Work started in 1970 and was completed by July 1974. A further two years were spent contouring the site, seeding fields and meadows, planting trees and constructing facilities for the public.

Shipley Country Park opened to the public on 26 May 1976.

The following history/heritage leaflets are available at the visitor centre:

  • The Mining Heritage of Shipley Country Park
  • The History of Shipley Hall
  • The Gardens of Shipley Hall booklet
  • The Nutbrook Canal
A small charge applies for some of these leaflets.

For further information please contact the visitor centre on 01773 719961 or email countrysideservice@derbyshire.gov.uk.

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