For 60 years Babington House was the cottage hospital for Wirksworth. It was built about 1630 as a private residence. From 1724-1829 it was a Workhouse, and from 1867-1927 a cottage Hospital. The house was used as a Bed & Breakfast during 1970's, 80's and 90's, and currently is a private residence owned by David and Ann Grattidge