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Hathersage and Outseats - Stanage Edge

The village of Hathersage is made up of the Parishes of Hathersage and Outseats and enjoys an enviable position in the Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The village is set close to the River Derwent with the rugged backdrop of Stanage Edge to the north.

The village won the Calor Derbyshire Village of the Year 2008 and was the East Midlands Regional winner in 2009.

Hathersage and Outseats - Church and Old village

The Church and Old Village (Stephen Elliott)

Hathersage has a long history, going back to Norman times and before. The 12th century Church of St Michaels and All Angels overlooks the village and Little John, of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, is said to be buried in the graveyard. There are well established links to Charlotte Bronte who stayed in the village and used places in the locality as the setting for her novel Jane Eyre. In the 18th and 19th centuries, industry grew up in the village and there is a lasting legacy from the mill buildings some of which have been turned into present day apartments.

The village of today has a population of 1,800 people with three churches, a village school, pubs, cafes, and a wealth of amenities, not least the open air heated swimming pool, open for 6 months of the year. This is a vibrant community with many groups and organisations in its midst, serving a wide age range and interests from sport to horticulture and history. The proud traditions of Well Dressing and Gala still take place each year in July and all year round visitors come here for the wonderful walking and climbing nearby.

On 1 April 2015, the current Hathersage Parish Council and Outseats Parish Council will both be abolished, and replaced by a single new parish council covering the entire village, called Hathersage Parish Council. This will operate under interim arrangements until the election of its first councillors, which will take place on 7 May 2015.

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