The Staffordshire Clinic
I decided to include this rather ordinary everyday boring looking building because I thought it might come in useful to somebody. It's my dentist!
Well, you never know just when you're going to need one and if you get caught with an unbearable toothache this guy could be your best friend.
The surgery is modern and the staff are friendly, especially when its time to pay. The dentists practising here are not butchers. But they do charge an arm and a leg, in other words it's not a cheap deal.
A consultation to tell you what's wrong, as if you didn't already know, costs GBP38. The price of fixing the problem depends on how bad it is.
To ease your pain they do accept credit cards and the dentist will insist on knowing all about your travel experiences while your mouth is full of instruments and the drill is howling.
Have fun :-)! LEAVING!
Bradley Street, downtown, directly opposite the bus station
The small village and parish of Doveridge is just two miles southeast of Uttoxeter and seventeen miles west of Derby. It's situated on the west side of Derbyshire on the border with Staffordshire; the River Dove is the county border.
The Doomsday Book of 1086 lists Doveridge as having a parish church, St. Cuthbert's, and a water mill. A footpath coming down from the church passes the site of the old water mill, which was demolished in the 1970s.
St. Cuthbert's stands right at the edge of the village in a commanding position, looking across the Dove valley towards Uttoxeter's St. Mary's almost identical spire. It's neighbour until 1951 was Doveridge Hall, a grand 18th century mansion and the seat of the Waterparks and now demolished.
The village used to be the main route for traffic going from Uttoxeter to Sudbury until the A50 bypass was built a few years back. The construction of that A route has allowed Doveridge to return to peace and tranquillity again. To the northwest of the village is Dove Bridge which now carries the A50 across the River Dove.
Did Robin Hood Marry?
Approaching St Cuthbert's Church by the main footpath you enter a 'tunnel' of branches formed by an ancient yew tree. It's suspected to be about 1200 years old. According to legend Robin Hood married Maid Marion under these very branches
According to historians and researchers it's generally believed that Robin Hood was alive around the thirteenth century. The earliest reference to Robin Hood is in William Langland's poem "The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman" which was written in 1377. Other historical evidence places Robin anywhere between 1190 and 1307
During these times Sherwood Forest extended itself into Needwood Forest, which is just at the back of Doveridge. It seems clear that for the adventures of Robin Hood to be compiled by 1400, the stories must have been in circulation well before that date.
Considering the yew tree is dated 1200 years old it would be reasonable to assume that Robin Hood did indeed marry Maid Marion at this very spot.
Intrigue, Incest and Fueding
Derbyshire is probably the richest county in England for historical houses that are open to the public. It's possible to follow the development of English domestic architecture from the 12th century to the early years of Queen Victoria. You can see Tudor buildings at Haddon village inside a 12th century wall and at Hardwick built in the 1590s or the romantic Jacobean castle at Bolsover.
Despite it's prominent position on the edge of the village facing the old main road from Stoke to Derby, Sudbury Hall has always been the least well known of Derbyshire's great houses. The design of the building represents the style of Charles II's reign showing the extravagance of the period. It was transferred to the care of the National Trust in 1967
The Vernon family came to Sudbury and lived in the church house towards the end of the 16th century. This arrangement was aggravated by a family feud, which started around 1600. Sir John Vernon had two sons, John and Henry, the younger one married a domineering and greedy woman called Dorothy Heveningham.
After Henry Vernon's death in 1592 Dorothy was determined to get her hands on Sudbury for their younger daughter, Margaret. In order to prevent her from doing so John, the older brother, married Mary Luttleton the widow of his second cousin Walter Vernon of Houndshill, Marchington.
John and Mary Vernon had no children, but when he died in 1600, he left Sudbury to his eldest grandson, Edward. This didn't bring peace to the family, as both widows were disagreeable people.
It was only after the lawyers had profited from the arguments that it was settled that Edward should marry Margaret. The marriage took place in 1615 and it appears that Edward's mother built the first manor house at Sudbury.
After Dame Mary's death in 1622, the young Vernon's settled at Sudbury. They had a son Henry who preferred to live on his second wife's estate at Haslington, about 3 miles away. It was his son, George, who chose to re-establish the Vernon family at Sudbury.
He was squire for 45 years and for almost the whole of that time he was active building or decorating his house, laying out the garden or improving the village. Both his mother and his first wife brought land or money to Sudbury, and the history of the family in the 18th and early 19th century is one of a profitable dynasty.
On arriving at Sudbury Hall my first impression of it was its big scale and slightly sinister if not glaring look, particularly on a dull day. Never the less it's an attractive house that was built during the reign of Charles II and was the home of Queen Adelaide, the widow of William IV, for three years.
The rear gardens are well kept and there are stables, an orchard, a river with ducks and a small lake. I was there in November so the gardens weren't in full bloom.
Beyond the hall, but hidden from view, stands the church of All Saints, which is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert gave the east window in memory of George Edward Anderson, brother of the then rector of Sudbury. The six bells in the tower are rung regularly to this day.
A modern bypass, constructed in 1972, has brought some peace and quiet back to this mostly 17th century village. To the north there is an 18th century deer cote, where herds of deer once roamed in the surrounding parkland.
Sudbury, which means South Fortification, can be easily reached from Uttoxeter by a 15-minute bus ride for about $3 return. There is an entrance fee, and a guided tour of the hall. Open during the summer cost less than $10.