Eckington lies on the far south eastern outskirts of
Sheffield in Derbyshire, just south of Halfway and a short drive into
Sheffield itself. 7 miles south will get you into Chesterfield. The
name Eckington is of Saxon extraction and means
‘township of Ecca.’ The town is of historical interest as many of the
local buildings date back several hundred years. The local Parish
Church dates back to 1100 and still has its original Norman doorway.
The mile-long High street lies just around the corner from Renishaw
Hall, home to the Sitwell family for many generations. Its four acre
gardens are a visitor attraction and has been used by the BBC for
filming Pride and Prejudice. Throughout the year the estate hosts a
series of events including the Easter Quiz, music and theatre as well
as a number of plant and craft fairs.
Eckington Junior School and Eckington School are both conveniently located near the city’s High Street. Eckington School has a complete homepage detailing upcoming events for the 1900 students and 150 staff.
town has a number of facilities of interest including a Health Centre,
Snooker Centre, Civic Centre, pool and library – all of which are based
on and around Market Street. Every Friday a market is held on Market
Streetand traffic is diverted away.
The Prince of Wales, The Bird in Hand, The West End Hotel and the Rose & Crown line the main street of Eckington
and between them offer a few different places to have a drink, a meal
and a sing on the Karaoke nights. There’s usually live music on at one
of the pubs each weekend. A few restaurants populate the town, such as
a Beefeater Bar and Grill, a Chinese Restaurant and a couple of take
Buses run regularly to and from Sheffield City Centre and the journey takes about 28 minutes.