The little church in Foolow is one of the Anglican churches in the joint parish of St. Anne's, Baslow and St Lawrence's, Eyam. It's dedicated to St Hugh, a Bishop of Lincoln also known as the English St. Francis because of his ministry to the sick and his special way with wild creatures.
In 1888 a Mr Bagshawe of Sheffield purchased the disused smithy to convert it into a church. It's a Grade II protected, single storey, two bay building built of limestone with grit stone dressing and has a slate roof with a south porch and north chancel. The interior is simply, but lovingly furnished with bench pews and a table altar in the chancel. There's a font and a small pipe organ. In one corner at the back of the church visitors can make a drink of tea, coffee or fruit juice from provisions laid out on a table.
The chair and other wood carvings were done by a Miss A. Bagshawe who was a student of local wood carver, Advent Hunstone 'Old Advent' of Tideswell. Advent Hunstone came from a family of wood carvers and Tideswell is a nearby large village where more of their woodcraft can be seen in Tideswell Parish Church.
hand embroidered prayer kneelers
After leaving Foolow we drove up to Hucklow Edge an escarpment where it was possible to see for miles across the countryside to the north and south of the county before stopping again in Tideswell.
I bought some cakes in the bakery in Tideswell to take to daughter M to share after our supper of a light miso soup with noodles and prawns. (Slices of fudge and lemon cake, chocolate and lemon muffins).
This weekend is a long one due to the extended Bank Holiday Monday. Our granddaughter will be coming home as she's finished her studies and exams. No doubt we shall enjoy the weekend together. Wishing you a lovely weekend whatever you're doing. Thanks for visiting.