In 1845, Charlotte Brontë stayed at the Hathersage vicarage, visiting her friend
Ellen Nussey, whose brother was the vicar, while she was writing Jane Eyre. Many
of the locations mentioned in her novel match locations in Hathersage, the name Eyre
being that of a local gentry family. Her "Thornfield Hall" is widely accepted to
be North Lees Hall, on the outskirts of Hathersage.