Row of cottages in Staveley copyright LDNPA

Staveley Conservation Area

Why is Staveley special?

Staveley is a large historic village located at the confluence of the rivers Kent and Gowan. Its special qualities include:

  • Distinct residential, industrial and agricultural assets
  • The most visible being the mainly 19th-century cottages, shops and pubs that line the Main Street
  • Behind which lie some very substantial 19th-century mill buildings, built for wool processing, wood turning and corn milling, now successfully adapted to other purposes
  • Powered by the River Kent, which serves as the attractive rural boundary to the conservation area
  • Fields, farms and fells and long views to surrounding crags and scars providing an attractive rural backdrop
  • Many buildings of architectural and historical interest, including the tower of the medieval Church of St Margaret, the 19th-century Church of St James, with its Morris and Co stained glass, the former Abbey Hotel, former bank buildings, chapels and pubs
  • Fine historic farm group at Staveley Park and Far Park
  • The superb Victorian terrace of Danes Row with its attractive front gardens and trees
  • Brow Lane and the meadow below it forming a substantial and important area of green space within the village
  • A thriving and growing light-industrial sector, using the village’s historic mill buildings to good economic effect

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