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Horsley is a small, charming Derbyshire village situated 5 miles north of Derby in the Amber Valley area. It has a population of less than 500 and its main street is lined with mature trees. It has a church, a village green with chestnut tree, a primary school, a pub and a quality golf course (with a restaurant and function room) on the outskirts.
Horsley has a flourishing community with a bowls club, a monthly Ladies Night and a W.I. It has an active parish council and walking is a popular activity with some beautiful surrounding countryside.
Horsley boasts one of the most attractive village churches in the county, sitting on a hill, set amongst flowers and trees. Dedicated to St. Clement, it also serves the communities of Coxbench and Kilburn. It dates back to the 13th century but has been restored and altered much over the years. It has a strongly buttressed 14th century tower and spire, a pretty porch with a medieval crucifix and a lovely array of windows with the 15th century clerestory under a handsome parapet of battlements and pinnacles.
The present Church of England school opened in 1828, enlarged in 1874 and is still thriving today. The village pub is called the Coach and Horses, serving food as well as alcohol. There was another pub in Horsley called the Ship Inn, which dated back to 1625, but this is now a private house.
The village possess two rare features. Firstly the stone pillar box on French Lane. It is unique in Derbyshire and possibly England. Second, three fountains given to the village in 1824 by the Rev. Sitwell, a relative of the Sitwells of Stainsby Hall in nearby Smalley. He had arranged for spring water to be pumped from the Old Hills to the village. The fountains are called Blanche, Rosamund and Sophia.
Horsley Village Hall Management Committee are saddened to learn of the passing of our President, John Kirkland OBE. More »
Following John's move to live in Horsley, he was pleased to become the first President of the Hall and gave us considerable help with various problems during the building of the new Village Hall. He will be sadly missed.
John has spent considerable time in America recently with his partner and after a short illness there, did not recover after slipping into a coma.
His considerable influence helped Bowmer and Kirkland to become the successful business it is today and was chairman for over 30 years. He was an avid Derby County supporter and a member of the Board of Directors during the successful Arthur Cox era and the move to Pride Park.
John received his OBE for services to Derbyshire and particularly for his work as chairman of the Derbyshire Ambulance Service.
Horsley Village Hall Management Committee wish to pass on deepest condolences to John's family and friends at this very difficult time » Less
Posted: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 13:59 by Jane Holden
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Posted: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:11 by Parish Clerk