Derbyshire Life - - Vil­lage -


The Min­ers Stan­dard pub, named af­ter a spe­cial bowl tra­di­tion­ally used to mea­sure lead ore, stands just above the point where West Bank and East Bank merge into one high-level ru­ral road. As well as com­ment­ing favourably on the friendly at­mos­phere and the de­li­cious food and drink avail­able in this beau­ti­fully-sited pub, many vis­i­tors re­port on the en­joy­ment of stay­ing at the camp­ing and car­a­van site run by the own­ers on an ad­ja­cent field, from where there are quite spec­tac­u­lar views.

The Old Bowl­ing Green pub stands much closer to the vil­lage, on the lower slopes of East Bank. The own­ers, David and Mar­i­lyn, have gone to the trou­ble of re­spond­ing in de­tail to all the 271 com­ments they have re­ceived on Tri­pad­vi­sor. These re­views are full of praise for the great beers and fine home­cooked food on of­fer. One sat­is­fied vis­i­tor wrote: ‘David and Mar­i­lyn are fan­tas­tic hosts. Lovely staff in a beau­ti­ful vil­lage that’s great for a week­end away.’

has been cur­tailed this year by re­stric­tions im­posed in re­sponse to the Covid-19 pan­demic. The group’s reper­toire in­cludes sev­eral dances unique to Win­ster. These were doc­u­mented by Ce­cil Sharp, a well-known col­lec­tor of English folk mu­sic, when he paid a visit to the vil­lage in 1908. The Win­ster Reel is al­ways a great favourite on Wakes Day and a polka known as the Win­ster Gal­lop has been known to en­cour­age at least 30 spec­ta­tors to lose their in­hi­bi­tions and take part in the dance.

An­other pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity that has fallen vic­tim to the pan­demic this year is the an­nual Se­cret Gar­den Week­end, nor­mally sched­uled for July, when over 20 pri­vate gar­dens in the vil­lage are open to mem­bers of the pub­lic, who are likely to find them­selves wel­comed with cream teas and glasses of bub­bly. Dur­ing the week­end, vis­i­tors al­ways in­clude lo­cals keen to ex­plore their neigh­bours’ gar­dens, be­cause so many of these are nor­mally hid­den from view be­hind houses that face onto the road with­out leav­ing any room for front gar­dens. One of the few houses on Main Street which does have a front gar­den is Doe Lea House, where a bril­liant flo­ral dis­play forms a colour­ful in­tro­duc­tion to the vil­lage for any­one en­ter­ing Win­ster from the east.


The west­ern exit from Main Street is al­most com­pletely closed off by a for­mer Dower House. The tall gabled build­ing ob­structs all views from the street of the parish church, which fea­tures a plain square tower stylis­ti­cally at odds with the more dec­o­rated style of the rest of the build­ing. As the vicar, Rev. Stephen Monk, points out: ‘The in­te­rior of the church is even more un­usual, be­cause it con­sists of two naves joined by an ar­cade that runs all the way down the mid­dle of the cen­tral aisle. When wed­dings take place, there is al­ways a de­ci­sion to be made about which side of the ar­cade the bridal party should take as they walk down the aisle. The car­ry­ing of the cof­fin in fu­neral pro­ces­sions poses an even big­ger prob­lem.’

Other no­table fea­tures in the church in­clude a pre-Raphaelite stained-glass win­dow de­signed by Sir Ed­ward Burne-Jones and a mod­ern, semi-ab­stract stained­glass win­dow where you might pos­si­bly be able to in­ter­pret some parts of the de­sign as be­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the eye of a dove and the feath­ered wings of the bird. The Church of St John the Bap­tist is Grade II listed, as are more than 60 other build­ings in Win­ster.

The Mar­ket House, where our sur­vey of this fine vil­lage be­gan, has the added dis­tinc­tion of be­ing Grade II* listed.

‘More than 60 build­ings in Win­ster are Grade II listed’

Dap­pled light on the court­yard of the Dower House

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