revolution_house300 years ago, The Cock and Pynot (an old local word for magpie) was an ordinary alehouse. Today it is a Grade I listed building called The Revolution House, designated as being of national historic importance.

It was here, in 1688, that The Earl of Danby, The Earl of Devonshire and a Mr John D'Arcy met to plan the revolution that would eventually lead to the overthrowing of King James II, in favour of William and Mary of Orange.  Their plan was to take the north before marching south.  They wrote their plans in cipher. The Earl of Devonshire signed them and they were sent to the Hague to invite William of Orange to take the Crown.

Downstairs contains 17th Century furniture, similar to that which would have been in the alehouse at the time, while upstairs is a changing programme of exhibition on the revolution and on local themes.

rev_house_insideNext to the main building is a small room where visitors can watch a film that gives the history of the Revolution House.

A very knowledgeable guide is on site, to bring history to life.

Special events are held through the year.  For details, visit

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Admission: FREE

Summer Opening 2011

1st April - 25th September
11am - 4pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

The Revolution House
High Street
Old Whittington
S41 9JZ

40 minutes from Hope Valley