Chapel-en-le-Frith, on the fringe of the old Forest of the Peak, is a small town Iying in the northwest angle of Derbyshire on the high land that sweeps up to the High Peak, the highest point of which, Kinder Scout, lies about six miles north.
The town is situated on a high ridge and is surrounded on all sides by lofty hills, the market place standing at an altitude of 776 feet above sea level. It is a picturesque place and attractive by reason of its situation and its old inns, market cross and stocks.
Its name, meaning 'chapel in the forest', is derived from a small chapel, built in 1225 by the keepers of tbe forest on land bought from the Crown, and dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury. The parish church was built in the fourteenth century on the site of the earlier chapel and is a stone building of considerable interest.
Three miles from the town is the Roosdyche, an old track nearly 1,300 paces in length, in the side of the hill, about which many theories are advanced. Ford Hall, in a fine situation, a mile and a quarter north-east' was the ancestral home of the Bagshawes of Derbyshire, the oldest of the Peak families, one of whom was 'The Apostle of the Peak'. Bradshaw Hall has a beautiful Jacobean gateway, bearing the date 1620 and the arms of Francis Bradshaw.
Combs, 2.5 miles south-west, was the birthplace, and Chapel-en-le-Frith is now the home of Ferodo brake linings, the chief local industry.
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