East of Macclesfield is the village of Rainow. Head further east and at a junction in the road you'll find the Jenkin Chapel (or Jenkin's Chapel). Built in 1733 with the tower added 12 years later, it was originally dedicated to St John the Baptist; however, it wasn't consecrated until 1794 at which time it was re-dedicated to St John the Evangelist - up to that point the congregation had employed their own priest and it wasn't recognised by the Anglican Church.

A quarter of a mile from the chapel is Saltersford Hall dating from 1595; at the time that the chapel was built it was occupied by the Turner family.

Overshadowing them both, a mile to the east, are The Tors - Pym Chair, Oldgate Nick, Cats Tor and Shining Tor. One legend about Pym Chair is that a non-conformist preacher took his followers there, out of sight and sound of the authorities. Or perhaps he preached something even more forbidden?

And below The Tors, to the south-east of Saltersford, is the valley which used to go by the name of Thursbitch. Perhaps it still does but no name is recorded on the map now.

The Jenkin Chapel








Saltersford Hall


Below is the curious roadside memorial to John Turner of Saltersford Hall. Note that it's not the original memorial, there's an even join near the base. In the second photo you can see that the 'new' stone has a different thickness to the base. Was the original removed for some reason?

HERE JOHN TUR
NER WAS CAST
AWAY IN A HEAVY
SNOW STORM IN
THE NIGHT IN OR
ABOUT THE YEAR
1755



THE PRINT OF A
WOMANS SHOE WAS
FOUND BY HIS SIDE
IN THE SNOW WERE
HE LAY DEAD
H



The Tors in the distance with Thursbitch below


and what one man has researched and written about the area. How much you believe of what he's written is up to you - how much is fact, how much is speculation, is any of it fiction? Whatever the truth it's a strange area with some strange stories


Valley of the Demon: The writing of Thursbitch

Valley of the Living Dread