When Markeaton is mentioned, most people immediately think of Markeaton
Park, with its numerous attractions and special events. It is probably
the most popular park in the East Midlands with an estimated one million
visitors per year. However, the history of Markeaton goes back much
further than the date when the public park was created.
Markeaton Estate was very extensive and dominated the north–west side of
Derby, from 1086 to the early part of the 20th century. In the Domesday
Book, it was shown to be a large village with its own church and mill,
although some historians now think the church was probably on the site
of All Saints at Mackworth. The manor at that time was recorded to be in
the hands of the Earl of Chester whose
Steward, an ancestor of the Touchet family, controlled it.