The three stained-glass windows in Hollinsclough Chapel gallery were given to the chapel by Mr James Salt in memory of his mother who used to attend the chapel regularly when she lived at Winterside, a small hamlet on the hillside above the village. They have been in place one hundred years. At the same time the pitch pine seats were put in the chapel by the local joiner Mr Luke Gregory of New Barns Farm. He worked in the joiner’s shop opposite the chapel, which has now been pulled down rebuilt and extended to form the Chapel Hall. This was in 1992 and the hall, with its kitchen and toilets is now an asset to the village. It is used for so many different functions such as coach teas, children’s birthday parties, History Live meetings, Friday Club meetings and on one occasion for a funeral tea.
It is open every Sunday from May 1st to August 31st for tea, coffee, home made cakes, scones, baps, soft drinks, ices and chocolate bars. These are enjoyed by all ages, walkers, cyclists and children who are welcome to use the folding tables and stacking chairs to rest while they enjoy a break from hill-walking and viewing the unspoiled beauty of the countryside. This countryside spreads over two counties and the river Dove is the boundary between them. The river is spanned by two stone bridges, one called Hopping, the other Washgate which is a packhorse bridge less than a mile higher up the river. This is visited by walkers from a large area who are able to walk a mile further up to the source of the river Dove at Dove Head, a farm on the Leek – Buxton road, not far from Flash (the highest village in England) and the famous shop and public house, the Traveller’s Rest.
George Mellor January 2001
George is now 88 years old