Revolution House



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To the north of Chesterfield lies the village of Old Whittington, where a group of daring conspirators led by the Earl of Devonshire met in 1688 to hatch a plot to overthrow the Catholic King James II. The plot was successful; the country welcomed William of Orange and the course of history was changed. The meeting took place in a little thatched inn called the Cock and Pynot, now known as Revolution House and a modest tourist attraction, furnished in 17th-century style and with a video telling the story of the Revolution. Just two miles away is Newbold Moor, where the tiny Norman Chapel was attacked in the same year by a mob of Protestants. The chapel, now restored, has a simple weather-beaten charm. Nearby is Tapton House, the home in later life of George Stephenson, the pioneering railway engineer.

Revolution House
High Street, OLD WHITTINGTON, Chesterfield, S41 9JZ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Ramp, lift, large print, wheelchair level exhibitions
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Etr-Sep, 17-24 & 27-31 Dec, 11-4

About the area

Discover Derbyshire

The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.

The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.

The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.

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