Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Socialising with the Earl of Derby

Keith Wykes

This article is from Signpost 52, Autumn 2016

On 14 August 2016, I spent a very pleasant day - picking bilberries along Charity Lane (Macclesfield Forest And Wildboarclough CP) for a plated bilberry pie on Christmas Day – and then, at 3pm, attending the Annual Rush-bearing Service at St Stephen’s Church, Macclesfield Forest (commonly known as Forest Chapel).

The Earl of Derby read the 2nd lesson. Afterwards I made it my business to pass to him a copy of the Society’s Brochure / Membership Leaflet and we discussed relevant P&N matters; he seemed genuinely interested in our works and confessed to not having previously heard of us! No doubt our signposts are situate on his land (as Freeholder) whereas the tenanted landowner would have given us the necessary permissions. He said he would read the leaflet with interest.

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