Pleasley Park 2001

Type;  Medieval Deer Park topographical survey

Location;  Pleasley Vale, SK 520654

Project Leaders: R.D. Smith and Jim Priest


The Pleasley Vale regeneration scheme highlighted the need to assess the

surface features within the woodland known as Pleasley Park.

The earliest record of these ‘earthworks’ was in a paper by Hayman Rooke

1790 which, under pressure from his mentor Sir George Younge, he ascribed

to Roman military activity.

A local history group with the help of the Creswell Crags Centre identified

some sections around the periphery as the remains of deer-leaps. The interior

of the wood and in particular the southern quarter is crisscrossed by fissures

and gullies which at first glance can appear to be man made.

Following the measurement of the most well defined of these features we

were able to reject the accuracy of Rooke’s drawings and dismiss the theory of

Roman activity. Our conclusions were that the park had been intensively used

for limestone extraction and logging and all other features were the result of

the weathering of the magnesium limestone and natural fissures.

Pleasley Park Survey


Pleasley park outcrop


This outcrop of the magnesium limestone with its block-like cracking structure has, in the past, led people to believe that the observable topography was somehow man made. Similar features in the interior of the woodland, at first glance, are even more misleading.