History of Thimble Hall

How Thimble Hall may have been used in the past

This 18th Century grade II listed cottage in the Peak District village of Youlgrave has been used as a butcher's, a cobbler's, an antique shop, and about 100 years ago housed a family of 8 - even though it has only 2 rooms measuring 8ft 1in by 7ft 1in and connected by a ladder!

Last used as a home in the early 1930s, Thimble Hall fell into a state of disuse and disrepair, eventually being classified as a "building at risk", in 1996.

Proud owner, Bruno Frederick, standing outside Thimble Hall in 1999

In 1999 thimble Hall was put up for sale with a suggested a price guide of £5,000 to £15,000. But Thimble Hall sold for an astonishing £39,500; price per square foot this was comparable with properties in Mayfair and Knightsbridge. Bids came in by telephone from Hong Kong, Athens and New York but even Uri Geller was outbid when the hammer fell to the Chesterfield ice cream firm of Fredericks. This family firm is still in the hands of descendants of the Italian founder who came to England to seek his fortune in 1875, walking 1,000 miles from Parma to Sheffield.