AboutIngleby is a hamlet on the south of the River Trent on a rise between Stanton by Bridge and Repton in South Derbyshire. In the woods to the south west are burial mounds of the only Viking cremation cemetry to be discovered in the country. A second Viking burial ground was discovered in 2004 in Cumwhitton in Cumbria, but there the bodies were buried.
The hamlet had one of the country's smallest Methodist chapels, with pews for only a dozen worshippers. It is no longer in use. By contrast there is a thriving pub and microbrewery, which was set up at John Thompsons farmhouse in 1977 to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee.
Set in a Sandstone crag nearby, overlooking Black Pool, are 4 interconnected caves known as Anchor Church. The Outcrop once formed the southern bank of the River Trent and the caves were partly formed by the action of river water on the soft rock , and partly cut out by hand. One legend says St. Hardulph used to live and pray here around 6th -7th century. The caves were also a favourite haunt of Sir Francis Burdett who enlarged the caves to their present size, fitted a door and used it as a summer dining room for picnic parties from Foremark Hall.
Now Available! 'Anchor Church Walk' one in a series of walks published in the '5 Walks in South Derbyshire' booklet priced at £2.00 (+50p postage). Please contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre to purchase your copy.
- Dogs accepted
- Children welcome
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