Historical notes and famous connections
Hathersage has literary connections with Charlotte Bronte who stayed in
Hathersage vicarage in 1845 two years before writing Jayne Eyre which it is
believed was set in Hathersage. Many of the places in the novel bear a close resemblance to
local Hathersage buildings.
Robin Hood and Little John
Robin Hood, who gives his name to many places in the village, was reputed to have been born at Loxley,
only 8 miles from Hathersage. After Robin Hood was declared an outlaw he found shelter in Sherwood Forest.
In the thirteenth century Sherwood Forest extended from Hathersage to Nottingham.
Robin Hood's lieutenant,
Little John, is reputed to be buried in Hathersage churchyard in a grave measuring 11 feet. The grave was
opened in 1784 and a thigh bone 30 inches in length exhumed. The grave today attracts many visitors.
Transport by bus and train
Hathersage's train station lies to the south of the village and is on the mainline from Sheffield to
Manchester. There is also a good regular bus service to Sheffield, which is only 10 miles away.
The heart of Hathersage
A dramatic view of Hathersage