Updated 6 Feb 2009

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 598



Enlargement. A man and his dog out for a walk.

Rainster Rocks, Brassington

Rainster Rocks are about a half-mile NW of Brassington. Made of a darker Dolomite, they stand out from the surrounding white limestone. They have easy and harder climbs, but are hardly visited and so overgrown. Below the Rocks is the site of a Roman-British camp, with earthworks and remains of a road. Ridges and furrows from old fields can be seen. Metalwork, pottery and coins have been found nearby. 350 million years ago the area was a shallow lagoon on the equator. Heat and pressure changed coral to dolomite. Nearby is Rains Cave (SK 226 553), excavated by J. Ward in the 19th century and produced Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery and the skeletal remains of at least six human individuals.
Rainster Rocks were mentioned in 1838, and may well be named after the RAINS family who farmed at nearby Ironbrook Grange, Ible Grange, Griff Grange, Grange Mill and Ible.

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