HATHERSAGE ( /ˈhæðəˌsɪdʒ/ ) is a village and civil parish in
Peak District in
Derbyshire , England. It lies slightly to the
north of the River Derwent , approximately 10 miles (16.1 km)
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 as Hereseige, and around 1220 it was recorded as
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
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
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 . North Lees Hall
Charlotte Brontë stayed at the
visiting her friend
Ellen Nussey , whose brother was the vicar, while
she was writing
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.
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 , 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.
Hathersage 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
Hathersage is a tourist destination. Its visitors come to
swim (open-air heated swimming pool, with cafe open all year ), climb
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
Some of the scenes of the horror film Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974,
Jorge Grau , also known as The Living Dead at Manchester
Morgue) were shot at St. Michael's Church in Hathersage.
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
Hathersage and Outseats, the two parishes that currently comprise
the village, will be replaced by a single new parish council, to be
Hathersage Parish Council. Despite the aforementioned the
population recorded at the 2011 Census was 1,433 only.
Hathersage is also home to
Hathersage F.C. who currently compete in
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
* ^ 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
* ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics.
Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 March 2016.