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Lud's Church is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, Staffordshire, England. It is located in a wood known as Back Forest, in the White Peak, towards the southwest fringe of the Peak District National Park between Leek and Buxton. Over 100 metres long and 18 metres deep, it is mossy and overgrown, wet and cool even on the hottest of days The age of the movement is unknown but is likely to be post-glacial.It is believed that the chasm was considered by early Pagans to be a sacred place, most likely due to the phenomenon that occurs on Midsummer Day, where only on this day does the sun's light penetrate deep into the chasm It is supposed to have been used as a secret place of worship during the early 15th century, when they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs

Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Bonny Prince Charlie are all reputed to have hidden from the authorities within the chasm Another legend has it that Lud's Church was named after a horse: supposedly, a huntsman was pursuing a deer and as he followed it on horseback he was led to the chasm. The hunter failed to see the danger but his horse, Lud, did: when the rider went too close, the horse bucked and threw him to his death in the chasm .
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Jun 10 2012 16:44 GMT Petermosull
a great image Joan, and such interesting information
Jun 10 2012 16:48 GMT superJoan
Thanks Peter. It was a great walk also to get to it through Woodland and over meadows by the riverside...two to three miles...
Jun 10 2012 16:50 GMT saffi9
great light and interesting too
Jun 10 2012 16:52 GMT Donjames
Great photograph and very interesting story
Jun 10 2012 17:37 GMT Midworlder PRO
Interesting place, I thought it was a waterfall from the thumbnail !
Jun 10 2012 18:53 GMT Annamaria
Great place to play hide and seek...;-) Great information, Joan!!
Jun 10 2012 19:01 GMT skyball
A very interesting spot Joan!!...There is alot we dont know about old England even when born here!!!!........
Jun 10 2012 20:02 GMT elsje323
great shot and info
Jun 10 2012 20:27 GMT Bigbear10
A lovely capture with a wonderful history Joan
Jun 10 2012 21:15 GMT wijnie58
A beautiful place to visit...:-))
Jun 11 2012 03:09 GMT potterjo
Very interesting, sounds like a place well worth the hike. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 11 2012 10:22 GMT MargNZ
Such a special place Joan .... love the history and tales :))
Jun 11 2012 10:30 GMT clintonfolks
wow.!!! a fave...
Jun 11 2012 16:05 GMT hans55 PRO
looks like a great place to explore !!
Jun 11 2012 17:52 GMT FRIESIAN
~Wonderful photo Joan!!
Jun 16 2012 06:45 GMT mbz