Youlgrave

Youlgrave is a village in Derbyshire, located in the south of the Peak District three miles from Bakewell. It sits on the hillside just above the River Bradford, near its confluence with the River Lathkill. Youlgrave is one of the largest villages within the Peak District National Park and is a thriving rural community that takes pride in its resourcefulness and rural character.

View of Youlgrave Youlgreave Derbyshire Peak District National Park

View of Youlgrave, Derbyshire

Due to its scenic Peak District location, Youlgrave has become a popular tourist destination. Visitors to the area are able to enjoy a range of activities including walking and cycling with tremendous sightseeing opportunities in the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are many trails to follow that suit all abilities, from novice through to the more experienced.

Tourists staying in the area have a good choice of accommodation options and there are several places serving food and drink for the long-term holidaymaker or casual day visitor to enjoy.

For those not wishing to use their own motor transport to explore the area there are local bus routes and a private hire tour service.

What’s in a name?

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The origin of Youlgrave’s curious nickname has nothing to do with lead mining or welldressing but is in fact musical. The village has its own band – originally brass and now silver – established over a century ago when the local Co-operative store (then based in the present-day youth hostel building) purchased the first instruments. One account has it that since few members knew any music early parades involved not so much a medley of tunes but rather a “pom, pom, pom” sort of sound. Another, rather more fanciful explanation involves a pig resting on a wall and serenading the band with a “tiddly pom, pom, pom” – hence the village nickname!

Youlgrave or Youlgreave?

Youlgrave was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Giolgrave and research by the late Bill Shimwell has shown that it has been spelt in over 60 different ways. In the Middle Ages it was variously written as Jalgrave, Iolgrave, Yelgreve and even Hyolegrave. Although the name is sometimes translated as grove of Iola (or Geola) the clearest connection is with lead mining, which has been carried out in the limestone hills of the Peak District since Roman times. A grove or groove is an old term for a mine or open workings (miners were often known as groovers); and it is likely that the village name derives from ‘yellow grove’, the yellow probably referring to a colour found in the local rock (possibly baryte or barium sulphate).

Confusing road signs with spelling of village name differring between locally favoured Youlgrave spelt y o u l g r a v e and Ordnance Survey Youlgreave version spelt y o u l g r e a v e

Confused? Road signs spelling of village name differ between locally favoured Youlgrave and Ordnance Survey Youlgreave version

However, even today the spelling of the village’s name is a matter of contention and confusion. On Ordnance Survey maps and most road signs you will see it spelt Youlgreave, but many villagers drop the ‘e’ and use the more traditional Youlgrave. Indeed, the sign at the Village Hall does away with the ‘e’, as does Youlgrave Waterworks and the village garage. The road signs at either end of the village go with Youlgrave (the Parish Council spelling) while the sign at the A6 turning says Youlgreave (County Council spelling). Then there’s the road sign at Newhaven, off the A515 south west of the village, that actually says Youlegreave. Confused?

Here follows a list of spellings of the name of ‘the most miss-spelt village’ as compiled by local historian and former teacher at Youlgrave school, Mr J W Shimwell.

Giolgrave Yolgrave Jalgrave  Hyolgrave Hyolegrave
Yolgreff Yoleg Yolegreve Yolegrave Youlgraue
Welegreve Yoelgreve Oelgreve Yelegreve Yeolegreve 
Yolgreave Yolgreve Yollegreve Jol’ve Zolgrelf
Yollgreve Yoligrewe Yollegrewe Youlgreve Zolgreff
Youlgrave(1492) Yolgreyva Yolgreyve Yeolgreave Youlgreave(1595)
Yellegrave Yollogreve Yollograve Yeollgreave Youldgreave
Yograve Isgrave Yalgrove Yolegreue Jolegreue
lolegrave  Jholegreve Yelegrave Yellegrave Iolgrave
Yholgreve Yelgreve  Zolgreve

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