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Looking over Ashbourne towards Dovedale

Ashbourne stems from a small Saxon village first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Here it is referred to under its medieval name of Essiburn. It came to prominence in the 18th and 19th century as a way point at the meeting of six coaching roads. Situated on the old main road from London to Manchester at the junction of the Peak District and the Midland Plain, Ashbourne in the 1850s was a characteri…