‘The beauty of Tissington, as with many an English village, is the result of evolution. No planner designed it: no bureaucrat decided how and where the houses were to be built. The village grew in an effortless and instinctive way that villages did in the days when the simplest unlettered cottar was possessed of an inborn taste and sense of rightness which is usually lacking even in the most sophisticated modern architect or designer’
Robert Innes-Smith writing in his guide book printed in 1986.
The above paragraph applies as much today as in 1986 when Robert was writing one of the first guide books to this picturesque village in the Derbyshire. At that time Sir John FitzHerbert (1913-1989) was the eighth Baronet to live at Tissington Hall. In 1989 Sir John died and the Hall and 2000 acre estate passed to the current occupant, his nephew Sir Richard (born 1963), who has dedicated his life to the upkeep and preservation not only of the Hall and the 50 properties that make up the Estate but also to collate and preserve the special community that is Tissington Village itself.
Over the last 23 years Sir Richard has tried to ‘modernise’ the Estate with a policy of ‘mature diversification’. During that time Sir Richard has encouraged small local businesses to start-up companies in the village using Estate assets.