Christmas in England 2006
DAY 14: Thursday 4 January
Carsington Water and Brassington
Thursday was cold with frequent heavy showers, forecast to brighten during the day. We headed east along the B5035 to Carsington Water, and stopped at the picnic area near Carsington village. We then headed west on a minor road to Brassington.
Nine Ladies Circle and the Cork Stone at Stanton in Peak
Near Stanton in Peak is Stanton Moor on the B5056. The moor is a high, heather-covered plateau. When we arrived it was raining heavily, but this eased and eventually stopped. I was then able to walk across the moor to find the Cork Stone and the ancient Nine Ladies Circle. The track through the heather was well worn, but the heavy rain had turned it to mud. Winter is not the ideal time to be walking these high moors !!
The view from Birchover Road as it drops down the hill to Stanton in Peak
From Stanton in Peak we drove to another Stone Age site, the stone circle at Arbor Low. This is a circle of large stones enclosed within a dyke and bank, so that the stones are not visible from beyond the hill top. Today, the stones have been pushed over, or laid flat but the significance of the place can still be appreciated. We walked through the farm yard and across the field to get to Arbor Low, and as we approached another storm could be seen in the distance. Strong cold winds and imminent rain chased us back to our car.
A few years ago, when I began the family history research, I was sent a faded, smudged copy of some baptism data. One of the place names read as Penny Bentley, so I enquired on the Derbyshire Newsgroup for information about Froggatt records there. I received a swift response informing me, in faint tones of indignation, that the place I was referring to was most likely to be Fenny Bentley, with an "F". Thus enlightened, a visit to Fenny Bentley was required.
The church of St Edmund is now famous as the home of the Beresford family, recorded by the elaborate carved tomb of Sir Thomas and Agnes Beresford in the church. There is more information about the church here.
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