Post Office, Castleton, Derbyshire (near Sheffield), early nineteenth century. Castleton is a small village in Derbyshire, and its post office was the collection and distribution centre for Hathersage, which is really odd, because Hathersage was a larger town. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Long ago, travel-writer Edward Bradbury wrote of Castleton,

Surely in no other place has Nature so concentrated her curiosities as in this antiquated mite of a town, shut in from the world by the austere hills. Where else is there such a world of wonder in a space so confined? Castleton is a repository of romance. It is a natural museum. Geology in the abstract is an attractive study ; but it becomes a passion when pursued amid these Derbyshire rocks and caves. [205]

Now too, the Peak District website tells us that "Castleton is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Peak District," suggesting that this may be "because it has everything the visitor might want — picturesque scenery, a ruined Norman castle, showcaves, interesting geology, good walks, places to eat and a pretty village."

Photograph and caption by Marjie Bloy, with additional text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.


Bradbury, Edward. All about Derbyshire. London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1884. Internet Archive. Contributed by the University of California Libraries. Web. 8 August 2015.

Peak District Information: Castleton. Web. 8 August 2015.

Last modified 8 August 2015