The Info List - Hathersage

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HATHERSAGE ( /ˈhæðəˌsɪdʒ/ ) is a village and civil parish in the Peak District
Peak District
in Derbyshire
, England. It lies slightly to the north of the River Derwent , approximately 10 miles (16.1 km) south-west of Sheffield
. The origin of its name is disputed, although it is generally accepted that the second half derives from the Old English word ecg meaning "edge". In 1086 it was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as Hereseige, and around 1220 it was recorded as Hauersegg.

It is served by Hathersage railway station on the Hope Valley Line
Hope Valley Line
. St Michael\'s Church

The earliest recorded church was built by Richard Bassett , son of Ralph Bassett , Chancellor of England
in the reign of Henry I . The present Grade-I-listed structure dates mainly from the late 14th and early 15th centuries. It has a stained glass window by Charles Kempe , which was removed from Derwent Chapel before it was submerged under the Ladybower Reservoir . Near the church is an earthwork called Camp Green, thought to have been constructed during the Danish occupation . It is also scheduled as a Norman ringwork castle of the 11th/12th century. In the graveyard lies the base and lower shaft of a plain early Saxon cross .

Stones in the churchyard mark what is known as the grave of Little John , where in 1780 James Shuttleworth claims to have unearthed a thigh bone measuring 72.39 centimetres (28.50 in). This would have made Little John
Little John
8.08 feet (2.46 m) in height. One claimant to Robin Hood "of Locksley" is the village of Loxley , only eight miles over the moors on the edge of Sheffield. A number of local landmarks are associated with Robin Hood, such as Robin Hood's Cross
on Abney Moor, Robin Hood's Stoop on Offerton Moor, and Robin Hood’s Cave on Stanage Edge
Stanage Edge
. North Lees Hall

In 1845, Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë
stayed at the Hathersage
vicarage, visiting her friend Ellen Nussey
Ellen Nussey
, whose brother was the vicar, while she was writing Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
. Many of the locations mentioned in her novel match locations in Hathersage, the name Eyre being that of a local gentry family. Her "Thornfield Hall" is widely accepted to be North Lees Hall, on the outskirts of Hathersage.

In 1566, Christopher Schutz , a German immigrant, who invented a process for drawing wire, set up a works in Hathersage. This became important in sieves used by miners, and later developed into pin and needle production. This led to one of the first Factory Acts
Factory Acts
, because inhalation of grinding dust resulted in a life expectancy of only thirty years. In the mid-18th century, Hathersage
became famous for its brass buttons. Some of the mill buildings from this era have been converted into flats.

Moor is the site of the Carl Wark hillfort and Higger Tor .

Because of the scenery of the Hope and Derwent valleys, its literary connections, and easy access by train or road from Sheffield
and Manchester
, Hathersage
is a tourist destination. Its visitors come to swim (open-air heated swimming pool, with cafe open all year ), climb ( Stanage Edge
Stanage Edge
, which with other nearby edges have been the nursery for many famous British rock and mountain climbers), or ramble in its river valleys or hillwalk on its open moors.

In 1990, the cutler David Mellor opened the Round Building built on the site of a former gasometer as a cutlery factory in the village. The building was designed by architect Sir Michael Hopkins . In 2007, an extension to the old retort house on the site was opened as a design museum. Mellor's wife, Fiona MacCarthy , continues to live in Hathersage.

Some of the scenes of the horror film Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974, directed by Jorge Grau , also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue) were shot at St. Michael's Church in Hathersage.

has a population of 2,000 people with three churches, one school and numerous community organisations. There is an annual gala, scarecrow building competition and well dressing in July. On 1 April 2015 Hathersage
and Outseats, the two parishes that currently comprise the village, will be replaced by a single new parish council, to be called Hathersage
Parish Council. Despite the aforementioned the population recorded at the 2011 Census was 1,433 only.

is also home to Hathersage F.C. who currently compete in the Hope Valley Amateur League .


* ^ Mills, David, ed. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780199609086 . * ^ Historic England
. "Church of St Michael and All Angels (Grade I) (1109793)". National Heritage List for England
. Retrieved 14 January 2015. * ^ Historic England
. "Camp Green ringwork (1011200)". National Heritage List for England
. Retrieved 14 January 2015. * ^ Sharpe, Neville T. (2002). Crosses of the Peak District. Landmark Collectors Library. ISBN 1843060442 . * ^ "Official website". Hathersage
Swimming Pool. Retrieved 24 February 2015. * ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 March 2016.