We are very proud of our wonderful Village Shop and Post Office in Litton!
Not only is it a shop, café and post office but it’s a focal point for the community, a valued resource for local residents, passing walkers and visitors staying in self-catering accommodation in the village.
Opened in 1998, it was the first community owned and run shop in Derbyshire. Managed by Carol and her trusty band of over 20 volunteer helpers it opens 7 days a week along with the resident Post Office which is open three half days. The range of products on sale is fantastic, from basic groceries to gifts and birthday cards. Perhaps best of all is the local produce, including fresh milk from Peak District Dairy, free range farm eggs, Bradwell’s ice cream, Bradfield Beers and meat from Castlegate Farm Shop.
Carol does a great job with seasonal displays and produce – we think it’s looking especially lovely right now with the spring flowers…..
It also serves tea, coffees and delicious home-made cakes for passing walkers and cyclists – with seating outside on the village green, it has become a popular stop off point. We can highly recommend the Apricot Flapjack, Tea Loaf and Auntie Margaret’s Coffee Cake!
Grocery orders can be placed which is great for our guests here at Littonfields Barn and we are happy to arrange for them to be delivered to the barn ready for your arrival – please ask for an order form. Newspapers can also be pre-ordered for collection during your stay.
A huge part of any village life is tradition – and it’s no different in the village of Litton! Every year, on the third week of June, there is an event known as the blessing of the well – at which locals and anyone wanting a day out, gather to sing hymns and view the beautifully crafted well dressings displayed outside the village church and primary school, accompanied by the local brass band.
Well dressings, simply put, are huge boards of clay that have natural resources such as petals and herbs pressed onto them, creating a beautiful picture, often with local or traditional meaning. The origins of these wells is something largely unknown, but historians believe they were originally used by Christians as a way of thanking God for the gift of fresh water; and for sparing them from the plague, which famously devastated the nearby village of Eyam in the 17th century – a great, historical place to visit!
One of the two dressings created in Litton is annually put together by the children at the local primary school, and at the blessing of the well ceremony, another part of the celebrations is the children of the school performing maypole dancing in traditional Victorian caps and aprons – very in fitting with the historical value of the wells! The afternoon is wrapped up with the opening of a café in the primary school, providing freshly baked cakes and scones along with teas and coffees. What better way to spend a summer’s afternoon in the Peak District?