If you are looking for the Speedwell Inn, Staveley, Derbyshire, the home of Townes Brewery then CLICK HERE.


The rest of this page is dedicated to the name of SPEEDWELL and is a plethora of useful links... a bit like Google used to provide before they got greedy. It's kindly paid for by Townes Brewery.


Less than a mile from the Speedwell Inn, in the same Derbyshire town of Staveley, is a council run building called the Speedwell Rooms. It's used for many types of functions including sports, dancing and weddings and is for hire by the public.



The only other licenced premises, using the name Speedwell, that we could find in the UK is the Speedwell Bar in Dundee, Scotland.



Probably the most common use of the name Speedwell is that of ships.


The earliest record of a ship named Speedwell was the sister ship to the Mayflower that carried the Pilgrim Fathers to North America in 1620. The Speedwell turned back in the end due to what appears to have being some skulldugery by the crew.


Since then 15 ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Speedwell. The last being renamed Topaz in 1946.



Speedwell Cavern is a wonderful cave just outside Castleton, Derbyshire.



Operation Speedwell was a heroic raid by British SAS troops in Italy during WWII.



Speedwell Motor Company was an early car manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio, USA, and is not to be confused with a long gone British engine tuning company.



Speedwell Forge was a historic foundry operated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA, from 1760 until 1854 and should not be confused with the Speedwell Ironworks in Speedwell, New Jersey. There are two other small communities called Speedwell in the States, one in Tennessee and the other is in Virginia.



Speedwell Island is a small island just of the Falklands.



Speedwell is a district of Bristol, UK.
















Speedwell plant, also known as Creeping Veronica.



It's an annual weed that spreads through lawns and borders, and has an attractive tiny blue flower. It spreads by seed in spring and autumn and there's two ways to manage it.



In borders... hoe it before it flowers and sets seed, then remove it.


In lawns... increase the height of the cut so that it is shaded out by the grass and ensure the sward is dense and healthy.



In lawns, spot-treat the weed using a weedkiller such as a 2,4-D-based herbicide in spring or early-summer, when growth is at its most vigorous. Repeat through summer where necessary. Apply in cool, moist, still conditions when there is least risk of the chemical drifting onto and damaging nearby garden plants.