In this post I will be focusing on “Ramsley Moor” by Mark Nuttall.
Ramsley Moor is a beautiful area of Moorland in the Peak District, on the west side of Derbyshire. The peak district is the first of fifteen national parks in Britain and was founded in 1951, reaching five counties: Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. It gets its name “peak” not from mountains (because sadly there are none) but from the pecsaeton, an Anglo-Saxon tribe that settled in the area.
Jane Austen, who is considered one of the greatest female writers, frequently had her books banned as they suggested ideas to women that veered off what was considered socially acceptable. Her most popular novel Pride and Prejudice has the home of the deplorable Mr Darcy – Pemberley – is situated in Derbyshire. In the book, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is named as one of the estates protagonist Elizabeth Bennet visits before arriving at Pemberley. In the 2005 adaptation of the book, featuring Keira Knightley, Chatsworth House is actually used as the location for Pemberley. It’s also believed that Jane Austen also wrote part of Pride and Prejudice during her stay in Bakewell.
Fellow female writer Charlotte Bronte visited her friend Ellen Nussey in 1845 and stayed for three weeks at the vicarage of Ellen’s brother. It is believed that during her stay she was working on a book that would become known to the world as Jane Eyre.
Another literary wonder linked to Derbyshire is adult and children’s writer Roald Dahl who is best known for his stories Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. Roald Dahl stayed as a boarder at Repton school in South Derby from January 1930 to July 1934.