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Elvaston

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Elvaston is a small village and civil parish in Derbyshire, England. The parish also includes two other hamlets, Ambaston and Thulston, and a recently built housing estate Boulton Moor. Located to the south-east of Derby, Elvaston itself is dominated by Elvaston Castle, a country house which is currently in the ownership of Derbyshire County Council, who plan to lease the site to a private company. The move has proved controversial, attracting a petition of 60,000 signatures against the proposals collected by the Elvaston Castle Estate Trust, who want to keep the site in public ownership. At the present time the Castle is rarely open to the public and has been somewhat neglected, while the grounds are open throughout the summer.HistoryIn 1086, the Domesday Book says ”The land of Geoffrey Alselin In Alvaston and Ambaston Thulston and Elvaston Toki had ten carucates of land to the geld. There Geoffrey Alselin has now two ploughs in demesne; and a certain knight of his one plough. There 32 villans have 15 ploughs. There is one priest and a church and a mill rendering 12 shillings and one smith and 52acre of meadow and a little scrubland. TRE worth twelve pounds now ten pounds. “Notable residents Anthony Blackwall was a vicar here Geoffrey S. Dawes, physiologist lived in Thurleston Grange as a boy William Darwin Fox, Early work on dinosaurs and introduced his second cousin Charles Darwin to the study of insects, was born near here in 1805
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