Hopton Hall
Hopton Hall is an 18th century country house at Hopton, near Wirksworth, Derbyshire. It is a Grade II listed building. The Manor of Hopton , anciently the seat of the de Hopton family, was acquired by the Gell family in 1553 by Ralph Gell (1491-1564) who also purchased lands at Darley Abbey and Rocester. John Gell was created a Baronet in 1642 (see Gell Baronets). The Baronetcy was extinct in 1719 and the estate passed to John Eyre who changed his name to Gell. The house has its origins in the 16th century when it was built by Thomas Gell as a two storey three bay manor house. It was extended and remodelled by Philip Gell in the late 18th century. The north entrance front has three storeys and seven bays, flanked by tower wings with pyramidal roofs. Notable members of the Gell family include Philip Gell's younger brother, Admiral John Gell and Philip's son Sir William Gell. Philip Gell's daughter and heiress, married William Pole Thornhill MP, on whose death the estate passed to his kinsman Henry Pole, later known as Henry Chandos-Pole-Gell ( High Sheriff of Derbyshire) in 1886. The estate of some 3,700 acres (15 km 2) was broken up in the 20th century. A major part was sold to a water authority for the creation of Carsington Reservoir. The house passed out of the family in 1995.