The Eagle & Child
Legend has it that many years ago an eagle abducted a small child or baby, whether or not it took place at this house I am not sure, it may have just taken place in this area. However the event has been duly recorded in the plaque above the door of the house. Another possible explanation is that this plaque represents a family’s coat of arms, that of the Stanley family, the Lords of Derby of Crag hall at nearby Wildboarclough. The house was built back in 1738 by a Mr Joseph Hadfield and was previously occupied by the kirkham family and then the Mitchell family who opened it as a tea room to cater for cyclists and walkers, however thanks to European bureaucracy it was forced to close as it didn’t meet their guidelines. The Eagle and Child is an unusual house in an unusual area and well worth a visit!