OKER, where the famous story of the two Shore brothers Will and Peter originated.

Peter decided to make his  fortune overseas,  and before he departed he and his brother each planted a sycamore tree on Oker Hill. One of the stories says that they intended to use the wood from the trees for their coffins. Sadly Peter soon died after his departure for foreign lands. His tree also died, but Will's still stands.

However new trees have since been planted on the hill.

 A view of Oker tree today

 

William Wordsworth related the circumstances in the following lines:

"Tis said to the brow of yon fair hill

Two brothers climbed, and turning face to face

Not one more look exchanging, grief to still

Or feed, each planted on that lofty place

A chosen tree: then eager to fulfil

Their course, like two new-born rivers they

In opposite direction urged their way

Down from the far-seen mount. No blast might kill

Or blight that fond memorial; the trees grew

And now entwine their arms: but ne'er again

Embraced these brothers upon earth's wide plain:

Nor aught of mutual joy or sorrow knew

Until their spirits mingled in the sea

That to itself takes all - eternity."

 

 

Again relating to "Croston's On Foot through the Peak" the mound of Oker Hill is said to be the site of an intrenched fort  or  station  erected  by  the  Roman  legions  to  overawe  the disaffected locals whom they had driven from the neighbouring lead mines. Some indications of these intrenchments may still be traced on the top of the hill

To  this  fortress  or  station  the  Romans  gave  the  name  of "OCCURSUS" or the Hill of Conflict of which the present name Oker is merely a corruption.

 

"Adams Gem of  the Peak'1  talks  of  "Silver  coins  and warlike instruments found on these ancient platforms of their legion."

 

Next page