Middleton, often known as Middleton by Youlgrave or Middleton by Youlgreave is a village in the Peak District, in Derbyshire, England.
Middleton is a charming little village set above the River Bradford and the beautiful Bradford Dale. Middleton has pretty old stone terraced cottages, houses and farmsteads, that are set around a spacious square. There is a small parish church dating from the 1820’s. Middleton is surrounded by the spectacular hills and dales of the White Peak which is excellent walking country.
A fortified manor house, known as Middleton Castle was built in the early seventeenth century. Christopher Fulwood, an ardent Royalist had raised an army to fight in the Civil War. On 16 November 1643, Roundhead troops raided the house and Fulwood fled from his home. At the top of the dale, Sir Christopher Fulwood was shot, by the Roundheads after his attempt to hide in a crevice in the cliff, was discovered. He later died from his injuries. Middleton Castle, was never occupied again.
Stone from Middleton Castle was used in the construction of Castle Farm and other buildings around the village. All that remains of the castle is a mound in the field opposite Chapel House.
Arbor Low stone circle and burial mounds are just to the west of the village.
There are no shops or pubs in the village. There are cottages to rent and B and B’s. Middleton is one of the most attractive, peaceful, unspoilt villages in the Peak District and is definetly worth a visit.