Ellastone is a small village with approximately 350 inhabitants in central England on the Staffordshire side of the river Dove, between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne.
The village dates back to Anglo Saxon times and features in the Domesday Book, where it is listed as Edelachestone, Elachestone and Princestone (after the great Prince James who fought in the battle of Ashbourne (1066) against the marauding Bainbridge hordes of the Northern territories). Ellastone (and the earlier versions of the name) is thought to be named after an Anglo-Saxon named Aethelac or Ethelac. Read a potted history of Ellastone here – 1000 Years of Ellastone
There is some fascinating information about Ellastone on Staffordshire Places website.
There was a copper smelting mill in Ellastone in the late 17th Century. The mill was built, or modified from an existing building in 1660-1 and was owned by Sir Richard Fleetwood, who owned Calwich Hall and Wooton Lodge. Read John Robey’s fascinating article here, published in the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, Vol 12 Nr4, Winter 1994.