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."