HANGING STONE AND LUD'S CHURCH

Grid Ref. SJ 975 655
16 August 2003 & 26 April 2008

 

Chapel spacer Hanging Rock
Methodist Chapel at Danebridge       Hanging Stone
Shuttlingsloe   Hanging Stone
View northwards towards Shuttlingsloe   Hanging Stone from below, Apr 2008
Dane Bridge Mill   Lud's Church
Dane Bridge Mill, now a YHA, Apr 2008   Part of Lud's Church

 

The river Dane forms the boundary between Staffordshire and Cheshire in the north east of the county. One can park at Gradbach and walk along a path near the river bank towards Danebridge. En route you will see the former sewing silk mill that has been converted to a Youth Hostel. Gradbach is well known in the area as a venue for Scout and Guide camps. From Danebridge one can walk to Hanging Stone, sometimes called Hanging Rock, Lud's Church and towards the Roaches. Hanging Stone is a millstone grit outcrop commanding impressive views across parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. On the lower side is a plaque commemorating Lieutenant Colonel Henry Courtney Brocklehurst, 10th Royal Hussars, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (1916-1918) game warden of the Sudan, born at nearby Swythamley Hall in 1888. He was killed in Burma in June 1942 while serving with the Commandoes. There is also a plaque to a black and tan mastiff called Burke, owned by the Brocklehurst family, which died 1 August 1874 and was buried beneath the rock.

Lud's Church or Cave is a natural feature caused by a rock fault. It is a narrow crack about 30 feet deep in the hillside through which one can walk. It is dark, damp and cool even on a hot August day.

 

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