The Church at Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, UK
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
In the sanctuary of the church are several notable brasses on the tombs of members of the Eyre family. The best known is the altar tomb of Robert Eyre (died 1459), who fought at Agincourt and built much of the present church, with brasses of him and his wife Joan and of their fourteen children. Above this are brasses of his eldest surviving son (also Robert Eyre, died c. 1500), his wife Elizabeth and four of their sons.
However, the main attraction of Hathersage church is undoubtedly the grave of Little John which lies under a yew tree to the south of the church. Tradition has it that Little John was a Hathersage man and that he died in a small cottage near the church, pulled down in the 19th century.
What is certain is that a very tall man is buried here, for the grave was opened in 1782 and the skeleton of a man about 7 feet tall was discovered. For many years an ancient longbow and cap hung in the church, but these were removed in the early 19th century. The current grave enclosure is impressive for its length, but there is little of substance to see.
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How to get there
take the A625 road from Sheffield to Fox House, then follow the A6013 to Hathersage. As you enter the village, take the narrow road on the right which leads to Stanage Edge, pass the primary school and then fork left. Parking near the church is rather problematic.
By Bus: the 272 bus from Sheffield goes to the centre of Hathersage. From here it is a 400m walk to the church.
By Train: Hathersage station lies on the southern edge of the village, almost 1km walk from the church. Regular trains go from here to Sheffield and Manchester.
When is it open?
Normally open in daytime.
What does it cost?
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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