Great Longstone is a village in the local government district of Derbyshire Dales in Derbyshire, England. Great Longstone village is between Monsal Head and Bakewell and is a stone throw away from the Monsal Trail, formally the "Great Longstone for Ashford" railway line that closed in 1962. Great Longstone is a great base to visit the Peak District and has lovely choices of holiday cottages and accommodation and is a bus journey or walk away from Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Chatsworth and many other historical places..
Great Longstone has fantastic services to offer the local residents and visitors to the village, including allotment gardens, village gardens and recreation grounds. The village has two pubs, a village shop, a local farm sourcing eggs, milk and yogurt and has a pre-school and primary school located in the heart of the village.
Click on the video below of drone footage of Great Longstone courtesy of Richard Bowring.
In the 1870s Great Longstone was a much larger parish, stretching as far as, and including, Holme Hall on the edge of Bakewell.
The following is an extract from the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
LONGSTONE (GREAT), a village, a township, and a chapelry in Bakewell parish, Derby. The village stands on high ground, under a lofty range of hills, called Longstone Edge, near the Derby and Buxton railway, 3 miles NW by N of Bakewell; consists of one long street; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Bakewell.
The township bears the name of Great Longstone-with-Holme. Real property, £5,292; of which £990 are in quarries. Population in 1851 was 564 and in 1861 was 683, living in 130 houses. The increase of population. arose from the temporary presence of labourers at the forming of the railway.
The manor and much of the land belong to the Duke of Devonshire. Longstone Hall, an ancient mansion at the West end of the village, is the seat of T. Gregory, Esq. Holme Hall is the residence of T. J. Gisborne, Esq.
The chapelry includes also Little Longstone township, and part of Wardlow (popluation of 925 living in 173 houses. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £190.* Patron, the Vicar of Bakewell. The church is old; comprises nave and chancel, with a small tower; and contains monuments of the noble family of Eyre. There are two dissenting chapels, respectively in Great Longstone and Little Longstone; and there is a commodious school, built in 1862, and endowed with £25 a year.
Source = www.visionofbritian.org.uk