St. Giles Church in the Village of Hartington in Derbyshire

St. Giles Church in the Village of Hartington in Derbyshire
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Taken on an early morning walk before breakfast. We spent five nights in the magnificent YHA Hostel that is located in this village. We used it as a base for cycling on the Tissington Trail and the High Peaks Trail, and for walks into Beresford Dale, Biggen Dale, Wolfscote Dale, and Dovedale. If you click on the set to the right, you can run the SLIDESHOW in FullScreen Mode, see the hostel itself, and follow us around the town .

The town itself, though quite small, had much to recommend it. Here are some quotes from the Wikipedia Entry:

"Hartington is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, England, lying on the River Dove. According to the 2001 census the parish of Hartington Town Quarter, which also includes Pilsbury, had a population of 345. Formerly known for the mining of ironstone, limestone and lead, the village is now known for cheese-making and tourism.

Notable buildings in the village include: the market hall (formerly the site of a market); the 13th century parish church of Saint Giles; and 17th century Hartington Hall. A prominent house in the centre of the village is Bank House, built by the former village mill owner and in the past used as the village bank. A half-mile to the south of the village, on the Dove, is the fishing house of the famous angler Charles Cotton. In the north of the village is Pilsbury Castle,[1] an 11th century motte-and-bailey castle, that survives only as an earthwork.

Near Hartington is the finest neolithic stone circle in the Peak District, Arbor Low. There are numerous ancient tumuli and cairns in the landscape around Hartington, probably dating from the Bronze Age. Hartington Mill, now a private house, stands by the River Dove. This was the local water mill for grinding corn.

The village has a youth hostel at Hartington Hall, which serves two major National Cycle Network routes; the Tissington Trail and the High Peak Trail, which meet at nearby Parsley Hay. These trails pass just under one mile to the east of the village, and offer 30 miles of off-road cycling and walking along old railway trackbeds through the Peak District National Park. Hartington signal box, on the site of the former Hartington railway station, and nearly two miles distant from the village, has been renovated and converted to a Visitor Centre.

A little south of the village, overlooking the Dove, stands Wolfscote Hill (388m at grid reference SK137583), a good viewpoint, now in the care of the National Trust.

Three miles to the south-west lies the small settlement of Hulme End, which marks the northern starting point of the Manifold Way, an 8 mile tarmacked walk- and cycle-route following the route of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway.

Hartington was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de Ferrers and being worth forty shillings.[2] The parish was originally quite large, and part of the hundred of Wirksworth. Hartington had four townships, known as the Town Quarter, Nether Quarter, and Middle Quarter, and Upper Quarter, which are now all separate parishes. These became separate civil parishes in their own right in 1866.[3] They are marked on Ordnance Survey maps.

All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
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This church stands on a hill overlooking one of our favorite English towns.

Here is some information from Wikipedia and other sources:

All Saints Church is a Grade I listed church founded in 920, during Saxon times and the churchyard has two 9th century Saxon crosses. During restoration work, in the 1840s, many carved fragments of Saxon stonework were found in and around the porch, as well as some ancient stone coffins.
The architecture of All Saints’ Church is very interesting with its unusual octagonal spire. Most spires in this area are a regular octagon having all sides the same size and at the same angle to each other, but Bakewell’s spire is built in the shape of a crucifix. The church was first established during Anglo-Saxon times, but was completely rebuilt by the Normans in the 12th century. In the churchyard there is a wonderfully preserved 8th century Saxon cross and more interesting detail inside the church.
It was rebuilt in 1110, it subsequently underwent further rebuilding between 1826 and 1841.
In 1826 the tower’s pillars had become weakened and in need of replacement. In 1841 the tower, along with the north and south transepts, along with the Vernon chapel were taken down and subsequently rebuilt. During the restoration work, they made sure that the original design of the church was adhered to. At this time, four stained-glass windows were added to the south end, and with the addition of new seating, the pulpit, reading desk and the organ were rearranged, all at some considerable expense for the time.
There are around 40 Anglo-Saxon stones in the grounds of All Saints’ Church – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon stones in the world – and local historians believe that they have unlocked some of their secrets. The stones date back to 920AD when King Edward the Elder ruled England and Scotland as far north as the Forth and Clyde.
One cross is the Beeley Cross, dug up in a field at a disputed location near Beeley and moved for some years to the grounds of Holt House near Darley Bridge. Although only the base and lower part of the shaft survive, it stands over five feet high and is carved on all four faces.[3]
The other cross is the Bakewell Cross, eight feet high and almost complete. It was carved in the seventh of eighth century and shows a number of scenes including one of the Annunciation. This cross may originally have stood at Hassop Cross Roads, although there is no firm evidence as to this.[3]