Of the High Peak are seven wonders writ. Two fonts, two caves. One pallace, mount and pit.
Eldon Hole is identified as one of the ‘seven wonders of Derbyshire’ in Thomas Hobbes’ Latin poem De Mirabilibus Pecci (Wonders of the Peak), published in 1636.
This was followed in 1681 by The Wonders of the Peake, a satirical poem by Charles Cotton – who named Eldon Hole as the ‘fourth wonder of Derbyshire’.
Both authors dwell on a gothic description of Eldon Hole. In his poem, Hobbes describes casting a stone into the hole – something that shouldn’t be done today.
This laid the stone
We drop, which circled in thick mist is thrown
Against a Rock, the Cavern groans the while,
Loud sighs are vented from the Shaken Pile.
From Rock to Rock, the sound goes download still,
Less head by us but the more heard by Hell.