A taste of Tideswell’s food history

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A new village trail has been launched to celebrate the food heritage of Tideswell in the Peak District National Park.

Tideswell… then and now, accompanied by an interactive trail guide, explores the history of food and food shops in the village, which once considered itself to be self-sufficient and boasted up to 80 shops and businesses.

The trail and guide have been created by the Authority’s learning and discovery and ranger teams, Visit Tideswell , pupils from Bishop Pursglove School and Taste Tideswell, with support from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Launched to coincide with the annual Tideswell Food Festival on May 2, the trail guide traces the history of key buildings and invites visitors to spot the clues and answer questions on places including the former Hunters grocers, Allports fishmongers and the Pot Market, next to the Co-op, once the scene of cock fighting and bull baiting.

Local artist Thomas Eccles worked alongside the school to provide illustrations and a map of the village showing 12 points of interest.

Sally Wheal, Peak District National Park area ranger for Millers Dale, said: “Tideswell has a rich food history and we wanted to create something that would encourage visitors to stay a bit longer in the village, hopefully to learn something about its past and support the businesses of today.

“It was great to get the local school involved and the children had a lot of fun discovering how things used to be and using that knowledge to come up with some lovely illustrations for the guide.’’

The guide can be found at most businesses and cafes in the village and will also be available at the Tideswell Food Festival. A donation of £1 is suggested to help with reprint and editing costs in the future.

For details of other village trails in the Peak District National Park, visit wwwpeakdistrict.gov.uk/villagetrails