Wirksworth is so fascinating that we feature really frequently in the media compared to other towns our size (as with our cultural scene – punching above our weight).

Britain’s Ancient Tracks

The latest feature was with the amazing Tony Robinson (often known as Baldrick), on his ‘Britain’s Ancient Tracks’ programme on Channel 4.

Tony Robinson & T'Owd Man

Tony Robinson & T’Owd Man

The full link to the TV programme is here via Britain’s Ancient Tracks


Saturday Live – BBC Radio 4

The well-known radio magazine programme asked for contributions about living in a wonderful community, BBC Radio 4 – Saturday Live – 16 minutes and 24 seconds in there is a profile from Barry Foster (R.I.P. & sadly missed) and Barry Joyce, with Alice Munro too. There’s also a discussion about the social changes experienced by towns such as ours, including gentrification.

Saturday Live BBC Logo

Saturday Live BBC Logo


The Lost Pubs of Wirksworth is a fascinating documentary & social history of our town, through the tracing of former public houses in the town. The charming story talks of highwaymen, underground tunnels, barrel pushing and many other delights. So good you want to watch for much, much longer!

Lost Pubs of Wirksworth

Lost Pubs of Wirksworth


The Quirksworth Project – Ian Nairn, architectural writer (Wikipedia article on his life here) talks about the town – we think it’s an article from the 1980s, but we haven’t confirmed this or the publication. (If you do know, please let us know so we can give the correct credits.)


You Tube

A tongue-in-cheek look at Wirksworth through the eyes of Dan Cummings – here’s his You Tube ‘About’ information.

Cummings Your Way is a series of highly subjective and frequently inaccurate ramblings around the byways of England, made by Caribee Island productions (Dan Cummings and Lee David Harris). Musical collaborators include Martin Davies, Mike Barker (Electronically 79) and Karl Babarczi.


Frequent Mentions in different Media

Very sadly, one of our town’s reasons for fame is because of the tragic death of Mia Ayliffe Chung in August 2016.

More about her & her remarkable mother, Rosie Ayliffe, here on Notable Visitors and Residents


Gavin Munro, head of Full Grown Ltd, is known for his Grown Furniture. He and his teams are based in the area, and are hoping to revolutionise manufacturing through a new way of employing ancient techniques and Growing Furniture. Gavin has been featured widely in the National and International Press.