Stoney Middleton Heritage Centre Community Group has received a grant for £30,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a community based project. The project will tell the story of the village’s past, highlighting its wealth of heritage, intriguing folklore and legends
The project aims to collect and digitise pictures, documents, and audio recordings of the village elders, providing the collection through a single web portal, allowing on-line public access to the collection.
It will further highlight its heritage via its village trails leading walkers around the village’s various points of interest. From historic listed buildings including the “Roman Baths”, an octagonal “Toll House” and unique “Church”, to its industrial past dating back to the Romans which included mining, quarrying and boot making. It’s amazing geology with stunning cliffs and popular caverns, to its intriguing folklore including a “Lovers Leap”, infamous highwayman “Black Harry” and the “Murder at The Moon Inn”, along with its contributions to its beleaguered neighbours of Eyam during the “Great Plague”. All this and more including a haunted pub and a famous chip shop will make these trails very popular. These walks will be further enhanced by a mobile phone application and a DVD which will also be available on the website
Walkers will enjoy exploring the delightful backwaters of this quintessential Derbyshire village, discovering what makes Stoney Middleton a place of such individual charm and character. While in contrast, they will also enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside and outstanding views of the Peak District National Park. The walks are approximately one hour each or can be combined together, or with the newly formed Black Harry Trails
Colin Hall. Project leader, comments: “This is fantastic news for the village. The HLF grant will enable the village to tell its story. Once overlooked and obscured by its industrial past, it will now show off and be remembered for its charm, wealth of heritage, legends and fascinating folklore. Further cementing an already close community, promoting a feeling of “pride of place” whilst helping to sustain its local businesses” – leaving a legacy it so rightly deserves. However we need help and would ask people to visit our website (smhccg.org) to see how they may be able to help