ONE of Ashbourne’s smallest parishes is Yeldersley, which is more of a hamlet than a village, but it is surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to good links with Derby and only a short distance from Ashbourne’s town centre.
Its listing in the Domesday book states that it is a manor located near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The settlement boundaries of Ashbourne have been pushed out somewhat since then and Yeldersley is now a closer neighbouring parish than it ever was before.
It was listed in 1831 as having a population of just 200 and its small size and quiet, picturesque, setting makes it an extremely desirable place to live.
Its proximity to Ashbourne also makes it a very convenient area in which to reside, with a good secondary school a short bus ride away and other small, pretty villages are a short distance.
A notable resident of the hamlet is Catherine Pegg, a former mistress of Charles II and daughter of Yeldersley’s Thomas Pegge.