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In the early 1700s Winster became the Klondike of the lead industry, quickly doubling then trebling its population. It was already a very old village with a market hall almost in the middle of the main street. This quaint building is in the care of the National Trust and open during summer weekends with free admission. Two pubs are the last survivors of more than 20 which slaked the thirst of hardworking lead miners. Tell-tale mounds in the surrounding fields are testament to their labour and to the importance of Winster in the Peak’s oldest industry. Exploring the village is a delight, climbing its winding and narrow ‘gennels’ between higgledy-piggledy cottages, no two of which are alike, with a few quite grand architectural gems en route. Winster is famous for its Morris Men and for the Shrove Tuesday pancake races which take over the village street.