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Little John's grave

The gritstone built town of Hathersage sits in a sheltered valley, beneath the panoramic view known as " surprise view "embracing the Derwent, Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and the Hope Valley. Here at Millstone Edge, the discarded millstones litter the landscape, the surplus of a long - gone industry. The town itself began manufacturing knitting needles in the 16C and also produced umbrella frames. Today it is better known for its literary connections with Charlotte Bronte, and with Robin Hood's companion, Little John. The latter is said to have been born in Hathersage, working as a nail - maker before becoming an outlaw in Sherwood Forest. A grave about 11' long in the parish churchyard is reputed to be his, and can be found on the southern boundary of the churchyard (photo left). Charlotte Bronte wrote " Jane Eyre" after staying in the vicarage at Hathersage, which became the village of "Morton " in the book. Eyre is a local name and in many respects, the novel is autobiographical. North Lees Hall, a rare example of a fortified farmhouse, features as " Thornfield Hall".

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Best Western George Hotel, Hathersage

...in the centre of Hathersage, ideally located for walking, bird watching and cycling in the heart of the Peak District.

....contemporary décor, award-winning cuisine by chef Ben Handley, with friendly and unobtrusive service.

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