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Good Morning Everyone,

This is St, Michal's Parish Church in Hathersage. It is a beautiful, ancient church.

The first record of a church on this site was in the late 11th century but the present building dates mainly from the 14th century.

What I found extremely interesting, besides the building itself, was its unexpected connections. It has a stained glass window which was removed from Derwent Chapel before it was submerged under Ladybower Reservoir.

In the graveyard there is the base and lower shaft of a Saxon cross which at one time held a sundial.

There is the grave of Little John, one of Robin Hood's merry men. In 1780 James Shuttleworth claims to have unearthed a thigh bone measuring 72.39 cm : this would have made Little John 8.08 feet in height!

There is also, on a circular mound next to the mediaeval church, an earthwork called Camp Green, which is thought to have been a fortification built by the Danes in the 9th century.

What gems of knowledge!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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