Hope, Derbyshire

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St Peter's Church, Hope
Grid reference: SK172834
Location: 53°20’49"N, 1°44’24"W
Population: 864  (2011)
Post town: Hope Valley
Postcode: S33
Dialling code: 01433
Local Government
Council: High Peak
High Peak

Hope is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District; a goodly sized village for its place, which at the 2011 Census had a recorded population of 864. It stands in the Hope Valley, at the point where Peakshole Water flows into the River Noe. To the north, Win Hill and Lose Hill stand either side of the Noe.

Traces of a Roman fort can be found in the hamlet of Brough-on-Noe, just east of the village. Its Roman name was Navio, but in Anglo-Sacon times the place was named with the Old English word for fort, burh (becoming 'Brough' into modern times). King Edward the Elder granted lands at Hope to Uhtred, son of Eadulf of Bamburgh, and these grants were confirmed by his son, King Athelstan.[1] There are many remains from the site in Buxton Museum.

The village, as do others in the Peak, holds an elaborate well dressing each year.

Hope cement works

Hope has a railway station on the Sheffield to Manchester railway line (the Hope Valley Line). It also has a small secondary school and is the site of a large quarry and cement works, largely hidden from the village. This cement works is the location of the local volunteer mountain rescue team - Edale Mountain Rescue.

Parish church

The parish church has two ancient crosses in its grounds. The shaft of a sandstone cross dating from the Anglo-Saxon period stands seven feet high and is carved on all faces. The cross may well have originated in the church grounds and a possible base now supports a sundial, but from the Civil War until 1858, it was hidden in the village school. The stump of the Eccles Cross, originally near Eccles House, south of Hope, is also in the graveyard.[2]

Between 2 and 28 July 2011, the church was broken into and about 15 items dating as far back as 1662, including two silver chalices and a pewter plate, were found to have been stolen.[3]

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  1. ODNB entry for King Edmund I: Retrieved 18 August 2011. Subscription required.
  2. Neville T. Sharpe, Crosses of the Peak District (Landmark Collectors Library, 2002)
  3. "Silver dating back to 1662 taken from Derbyshire church". BBC News. 29 July 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-14345369. Retrieved 29 July 2011.