A geological phenomenon, uniquely found in one hillside at Castleton, Blue John became a decorative stone in many of our local halls and houses. This particular type of fluorspar, banded in purples blues and yellow spawned an international trade in decorative ornaments and jewellery through the 18th an 19th centuries. Now still prized for its rarity as only a little is mined every year from the Treak Cliff hillside it is made mostly into jewellery and small ornaments.
Ellen Outram – Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Hello, I’m Ellen, and I am proud to say I am passionate about the Peak District area, where I have lived and worked all of my life. I have had the pleasure of showing many people around the area and can honestly say they are never disappointed. From journalists to film crews, coach passengers to evening talks, opening the door to this special area is always a delightful pleasure.