Location: Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire
Earl Sterndale is a remote hill village surrounded by magnificent hills and dales overlooking the Upper Dove Valley.
High Wheeldon to the south east of Earl Sterndale is a conical hill and was given to the nation, as a memorial to the men of Derbyshire and Staffordshire who gave their lives in two World Wars, and is now in the hands of the National Trust. Fox Hole Cave, on the hill was excavated in the 1970s and a range of Stone Age implements and animals remains were found.
World War II - the only Derbyshire village to be bombed in world war II and the church was destroyed. There was a large ammunition dump at nearby Harpur Hill Quarry which may have been the target or the DP submarine battery works at Bakewell.
BBC People's War
St Michael & All Angels Church In Norman days it was a chapelry of Hartington, but during the 18th century fell into disrepair. It was rebuilt in 1828, but disaster struck again in 1941 when it was struck by a German bomb. It was restored in 1952 and the Saxon font restored.
A local humorist Tom Wise recorded it with this poem.
The Sterndale Blitz
They bombed our church them Germans did
In nineteen forty one
And left it there without a lid
Exposed to wind and sun
And when at last the war was o’er
And Hitler was the loser
We knelt, praying as of yore
Thanked God they missed the boozer
Wishful Thinking St Michael's Church
Quiet Woman Pub The pub sign carries the immortal truth “Soft Words Turneth Away Wrath”. This is below the picture of a headless woman. The story is that a former pub landlord’s wife, known as “Chattering Charteris” nagged so much that she even started ranting in her sleep. At last her husband could stand it no more and cut off her head. The approving villagers even had a “whip round” to pay for the headstone.
Billy Budd Earl Sterndale was once the home of Billy Budd, who fought in the Afghan War in 1880. He marched the 350 miles from Kabul to Kandahar, wearing no boots and his feet wrapped in cloths.