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Foolow is a small, picturesque village, situated in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, 2 miles west of Eyam and 6 miles North of Bakewell.

Much of Foolow dates from the 18th and 19th century, growing around the picturesque village pond and green, with its medieval cross and bull ring. The cross bears the date 1868 on its plinth, this being the date it was removed from the site where the chapel now stands and placed in its present position. The ring was used to teather bulls while they were set upon by the villager's dogs. They called this 'sport'. Bullbaiting was made illegal in 1835, but undoubtedly continued for a few years after that date.

Overlooking Foolow village green is the Old Hall which has been divided into 2 houses for many years. The 2 storied Manor House with its 3 bayed facade dates from the 18th century as does the Old Hall.

St Huge's Church and the Wesleyan Reform Church both date from the 19th century, St Hugh's having had a porch added in 1928 using stone from the old smithy.

Lead mining has been carried out in the area since Roman times, and though this ceased some time ago, the evidence is still there with mine shafts and spoil heaps still visible.

Photograph from Foolow
Photograph from  Buxton

Well Dressing was revived in 1983 and takes place in thw last week of August. Two well are dressed, one of which is a children well.

In 1990 there were 53 houses in Foolow, with 125 inhabitants. Building is not allowed to extend outside the village boundary.

After bad weather during the winter of 2013/2014 , a large sinkhole has opened up in a field near the village of Foolow measuring about 50m wide. There were already two other similar large holes in the area, which has a lead mining past.

sinkhole near Foolow

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