Skegby is a small village which can be found about a mile from Sutton in Ashfield. The village sits on both sides of a deep valley near the source of the River Meden and takes its name from a Dane named Skeggi ("bearded one").  It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "a berewick of the King's manor at Mansfield". Skegby manor house (now in ruins) is located on Mansfield Road and was the home of one of the leading figures in the Quaker movement, Elizabeth Hooton. Her life story is one of tremendous courage, inspiration and tragedy. She is considered one of the Valiant Sixty, a group of celebrated Friends preachers. The Quaker House where she lived is still there to this day. The village also boasts the beautiful St. Andrews Church, Skegby Hall, the Pinfold and the 16th century Kruck Cottage. The Skegby Trail is a former railway track used by cyclists as an off-road track and as a nature trail by walkers which can be accessed from Buttery Lane in Skegby and ends at Chesterfield Road in Pleasley. From this trail the Teversal Trails, which form part of the Pleasley Trails Network may be accessed via the Link Trail between Skegby and Teversal.

Elizabeth Hooton

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