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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
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 . 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
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Jun 10 2012 18:54 GMT Annamaria
Lots of verns.... rough scenery! Very nice!!
Jun 10 2012 21:15 GMT wijnie58
Great nature shot, Joan..:-))
Jun 11 2012 10:24 GMT MargNZ
Marvellous place Joan . I thought it was going to be a church !
Jun 11 2012 10:31 GMT clintonfolks
great photo..
Jun 11 2012 15:38 GMT superJoan
It was used as a church Margaret in Pagan times.....a bit like Machu Picchu...