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    Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels

    by suvanki Written Mar 26, 2011

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    The present day church dates back to around 1381, it is thought to have been built on the site of a 12th century church.
    It was built on top of the hill, because this was the centre of the village, which had formed from an ancient stronghold.

    Before entering the church through the porch, (which was probably an addition around 1500, by Robert Eyre 11) look for the four shields and a four leaved rose - they are quite worn, they depict the crests/Arms of the Eyre family and possibly those of the Padley or Bernakes too. (pic 3)
    In the porch way is 'an ancient sepulchral slab' which is believed to be the original tomb stone from Little Johns grave. It dates back to the 13th Century, and was found under the flooring of the church. There is an engraved fleur de lys cross and the letters LI, which are a later addition.

    Look up at the spire, with its ornate stonework and crocketted pinnacles, that stand out from the spire. (pics 2 & 4) On first sight, I thought that there were carved birds too, but these were real -just resting there!

    There are some eroded gargoyles too.

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    Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels Internal

    by suvanki Updated Mar 26, 2011

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    Entering the church, I was struck by how cold it was - Outside is was the first warm and sunny day of Spring, this year.

    The first point of interest is the baptismal font-typically, these are sited near the church entrance as a reminder that baptism is the first point on the way of Christian life. This font is believed to date back to 1440. Again, this has the Coat of Arms of the Eyre, Padley and Bernake families.

    The Baptism, marriage and burial records would once have been kept in the chest located at the west end of the Nave. This has 3 locks - it was decreed that each parish would provide a secure coffer to hold parish records and other important documents - the parson and 2 church wardens each held a key. The chest dates to around 1604. The records are now kept securely at Matlocks County Archive Office.

    There are some attractive stained glass windows, including one rescued from the church at Derwent, (Over the High Altar) which was to be submerged when Ladybower reservoir was formed. The glass was fitted as a Thanks Offering for the end of WW", and the safe return of relatives and friends to the Parish.

    On the wall of the High Altar are The Eyre Brasses - A collection of members of the family.

    In the choir vestrey are replicas of these, as it is possible to create your own brass rubbings

    At the back of the church is a table with guide books and post cards etc - payment to be placed in the nearby slot in the wall.

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    St Michaels and All Angels- Little John's Grave

    by suvanki Written Mar 26, 2011

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    Here, in the South-west of the church yard, is the alleged burial place of Robin Hoods trusty lieutenant, Little John.
    Of course, there is much dispute regarding the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
    Having spent my childhood growing up in Sherwood Forest, I was only too aware of the stories - my friends and I played in the Major Oak - which was said to be where Robin and his men hid from the Sheriff of Nottinghams men. Now, I live in Sheffield, and the Robin Hood legend continues, with claims to Robin being a local lad - Robin of Loxley, a 'village' in Sheffield, about 8 miles from Hathersage.
    No doubt historians, romantics and others will argue the authenticity of these characters and the places they inhabited. This article makes for some interesting reading

    Little John of Hathersage and the Robin Hood legend

    "His bow was in the chancel hung
    His last good bolt they drave
    Down to the rocks, its measured length,
    Westward fro’ the grave.
    And root and bud this shaft put forth,
    When spring returned anon,
    It grew a tree, and threw a shade,
    Where slept staunch Little John."

    To the eastern side of the church was a cottage, where Little John is alleged to have died.
    A previous occupant of the cottage, 70 year old Jenny Shard, in 1847, recalled the story being passed down by her father who had died in 1827 aged 92, and had recalled that it had been passed down the centuries.

    Jenny was also able to recall the event of Captain James Shuttleworth opening the grave in 1784, and discovering the thigh bone that measured 32" in length - which would have indicated that the body would be about 7 foot tall! A bow and cap belonging to Little John were kept in the church, before the bow was removed for safekeeping by a local squire-it's whereabouts are unknown.

    Then again, if you've read the above article, you'll find alternative versions.

    Ah well, they're good stories, and the church and yard are well worth a visit.

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    Take a Walk in the Countryside

    by Gillybob Updated May 7, 2011

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    Hathersage is a popular location for people to start (and finish) many of the walking trails that take you through the beauty of the countryside in the Peak District National Park which surrounds Hathersage.

    You can choose from relatively easy, flat walks to those more challenging which include some good hills and reward you with great views.

    Some popular walks include :
    Hathersage Walk
    Carl Wark Hill Fort and the Padley Gorge and
    Stanage Edge from Hathersage

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    Saint Michael's and All Angels Parish Church

    by Gillybob Updated May 7, 2011

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    Thought to date back to 1381, St Michael's and All Angels was built on the site of a previous church from the 12th century.

    St Michael's is known for many a school-day trip for children in Sheffield who would be taken to do brass rubbings of the famous Eyre family brasses which are housed in the church by the main altar which date from 15th century.

    It is in the vicarage of St Michael's and All Angels that Charlotte Bronte stayed and was inspired to write her novel Jane Eyre. The village Morton in the book is based on Hathersage.

    Within the graveyard of the church, near to the entrance of the church itself, you will find Little John's grave; Little John was the lieutenant to Robin Hood.

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    Little John's Grave

    by Gillybob Written May 7, 2011

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    Of fact or of fiction, we will never know, but the local claim is that the graveyard of St Michael and All Angels Parish Church holds the last resting place of Little John, the right-hand man of Robin Hood (who rob the rich and gave to the poor).

    Little John is believed to have been of excessive height and the grave is 14 foot long, marked out by a low fence.

    The grave now has a marker stone at its head, the original headstone being found in the entrance to the church itself.

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    Hathersage Town Trail

    by suvanki Written Apr 25, 2011

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    Parish Rooms-Starting point of trail
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    While visiting the church, I came across a leaflet - A Guided Walk around the village of Hathersage in the Hope Valley.

    This village trail, starts in the centre of Hathersage and leads around the sites, that you might otherwise miss. Former mills, police lock ups and a Pinfold, 3 churches (including St Michaels with its Little John and Bronte connections), kissing gates, pack horse routes, Norman fortification sites and much more besides.....There are 24 points of interest.

    I'm not sure how long it takes to complete, as I stopped off for refreshment, visited one or two shops! and took lots of photo's ...allow at least a couple of hours.
    Most of the trail is on pavement or road, with a small section across a field (There is an alternative route in case of heavy mud)
    Mainly on level ground, but the section leading to the church is fairly steep- There is a hand rail set into the wall.

    So, call into the church and purchase your trail map and enjoy this way of seeing Hathersage and learning about its history. I guess that this can also be obtained from some of the shops in Hathersage.

    From the leaflet - "Produced by Hathersage Environment Group, 2009. Design Bernard Madden.
    Historical text supplied by Hathersage Historical Society
    Sponsored by Hathersage Millennium Project"

    For those joining our VT meet on May 2nd...I've got a copy for you all, with some alterations to the trail to allow for lunch at The Scotsmans Pack.

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    The Pinfold

    by Gillybob Written May 7, 2011

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    At the foot of Church Bank, you will the village's pinfold. This is where stray sheep cattle were put overnight after being rounded up by the village pinder. The owner of the cattle (or sheep) would then have to pay a fine to have his livestock returned to him.

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    EASTWOOD COTTAGES

    by alyf1961 Written May 8, 2011

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    Number 1 and number 2 Eastwood cottages are 18th century whilst number 3 is 19th. This is evident in the size of the windows. Numbers 1 and 2 have smaller windows with the others having larger windows.
    The cottages 1 and 2 were probably constructed at the same time as the original mill to house the workers.
    These are probably the earliest surviving buildings in the dale.
    The rest of the cottages were dated from the 19th century to accommodate workers that worked in the mill that still stands today.

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    Dale Mill and Eastwood Cottages

    by spidermiss Written May 19, 2011

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    Dale Mill and Eastwood Cottages, Hathersage
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    The wool and cotton mill ran by Dale Brook and powered by water and steam during the 19th Century played a crucial role in Hathersage. The Eastwood cottages were converted from workshops following manufacturing developments and where workers lodged between shifts.

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    The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 1, 2011

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    This 15th Century church, built in 1460, has important links with the Eyre family during that era and there are many Eyre family graves in the churchyard, which confirms the role the family had in Hathersage.

    The nearby vicarage is known for the novel, Jane Eyre, where Charlotte Bronte stayed and got inspiration for her novel and basing Hathersage as 'Morton' in her novel.

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    The Surprise View

    by spidermiss Updated May 19, 2011

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    Hathersage from Surprise View Lookout Point
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    Surprise View is a scenic lookout point of Hathersage and Hope Valley down below on the A625 road from Sheffield. You're able to stop and take photos of the stunning views as the Sheffield to Castleton First bus stops there (No. 272) and also there's a credit/debit card only pay and display car park on the other side of the lookout point.

    The countryside surrounding Surprise View is a walkers paradiise where one is awarded of amazing vistas across the Debryshire moors and the valleys down below.

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    The Village

    by spidermiss Updated May 19, 2011

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    The village's main road, Hathersage
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    Hathersage is situated in the Hope Valley between Sheffield and Castleton in the North of England. This pleasant village has an active community and offers a number of attractions the visitors can see and do either in the village or in the surrounding countryside. Please see further tips for more information on what Hathersage offers.

    Hathersage has a number of shops especially specialsing for the great outdoor, bars, tea shops and restaurants. There is also a post office, a bank and other services useful for the visitor. There is a pay and display car on Oddfellows Road (opposite the open-air swimming pool and cafe).

    An attractions on the Main Road worth noting:

    George Hotel
    This is an old coaching inn that Charlotte Bronte arrived to in Hathersage from Yorkshire in 1845. She visited here friend at the vicarage and used the coaching inn for her novel 'Jane Eyre'.

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    PARISH CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

    by alyf1961 Written May 8, 2011

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    St Michaels church is a grade 1 listed building.
    Although records for the church are recorded in 1381, the church is thought to date back to the 12th century.
    The tower dates back to the 15th century.
    The church holds the Eyre family brases, including Robert Eyre in his plate armour [he died in 1459] and Robert Eyre, the hall builder, which dates back to 1500.
    The church sits above the village of Hathersage and has magnificent views of the Derwent valley.

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    LITTLE JOHNS GRAVE

    by alyf1961 Written May 8, 2011

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    "His bow was in the chancel hung
    His last good bolt they drave
    Down to the rocks, its measured length,
    Westward fro’ the grave.
    And root and bud this shaft put forth,
    When spring returned anon,
    It grew a tree, and threw a shade,
    Where slept staunch Little John."
    Legend has it that Little John, who was a friend of Robin Hood, died and was buried in the village of Hathersage. His grave is in St Michaels churchyard. The original grave stone is set against the wall in the porch of the church.

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