In Derbyshire, Combine will focus on Manor Farm in Dethick. Brimming with history, it lies within the parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway, in the borough of Amber Valley, central Derbyshire. Dethick is the smallest village of the three, taking it’s name from the Dethick family whose roots go back at least as far as the 13th century.
Originally known as Dethick Manor, Manor Farm is Grade II* listed and dates from the 16th century. It was once the home of Sir Anthony Babington who was executed in 1586 for his attempted rescue of Mary Queen of Scots.
Young people from Highfield’s School in Matlock will work closely with the current owners of the farm, the Old House Museum in Bakewell and staff at the Derbyshire Record Office to research and discover more about the farms fascinating heritage and the history of farming across wider Derbyshire.
The Derbyshire landscape is variable. The flatter land to the south lends itself to arable farming whilst the Peak District is known for it’s small hill farms.
At Manor Farm, they rear mules – sheep typical to Derbyshire – and Jacobs – a really ancient breed. A Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England has enabled them to undertake a number of environmental projects on the farm. The present owners are also currently establishing a herd of pedigree Hereford cattle.