Glossop is nestled at the bottom of the snake pass about 15 miles (24 km) east of the city of Manchester and 24 miles (39km) west of the city of Sheffield on the western edge of the Peak District.

As the name suggests, Old Glossop is the town’s oldest part, mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086. Old Glossop was a small agricultural settlement that developed as a medieval market town.

During the late 1700s the textile industry boomed here. Yet within two decades Old Glossop was saturated with mills and a new textile town – Howardtown (now Glossop) – developed further down the valley. Today much of the beautifully preserved pre-industrial village of Old Glossop still remains with several period buildings and the old market cross still visible.

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The Old Glossop audio trail and activity sheet have been developed thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage programme. Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with £5.5bn across the UK. For more information visit

High Peak Borough Council would like to thank the following organizations for their help and support in creating the Old Glossop Heritage Trail.

Glossop Heritage Trust
Glossop Historical Society
Glossopdale and Longdendale Archaeology Society
Old Glossop Residents Association
Duke of Norfolk Primary School
David Kinder (audio trail narrator)
Audio Trails Ltd