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    Elvaston Castle Revisited

    by peakdistrictview Written Jan 16, 2007
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    As far as Peak District View is concerned, in the "places that need to be photographed"category, high on the list had to be Elvaston Castle. With the decision to sell the house and park off for transformation into an hotel and golf course and having no real idea what would be retained or demolished, we felt a sense of urgency to document, through 360 degree photography, the condition and appearance of this wonderful place. The results of our labours can be seen at the Peak District View website but allow me to explain why the photo shoot here was particularly of interest to me .
    The main event of the Meynell Hunt branch of The Pony Club throughout the 1960s was an annual week long camp at Elvaston Castle. After initially being under canvas in the park, the “camp” moved into the castle itself. This of course was long before the acquisition of the building by the local council and the end of an era, as far as the Pony Club was concerned.

    At the time, since Elvaston was not open to the public, the place took on a mystical aire and the prospect of new discoveries at every visit made sure I accompanied Dad whenever possible and if my mates Paul and Andrew were also along, even better.
    My initial perception on our arrival to take the photographs was that the current condition of Elvaston,with one or two notable exceptions, is not too dissimilar from how I remember it. Bearing in mind the cost of maintaining such a large estate “as is “, let alone restoration, I was somewhat heartened by it's appearance, but reminding myself of the recent sell off plan, became increasingly despondent about the loss of publicly owned gem to purely commercial interests. I could bang on about this subject “ad infinitum” but a more than eloquent job is done on the subject at the Friends of Elvaston Castle website.

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    Ghost walk

    by Arianasarah866 Written Jan 7, 2006

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    They start from the tourist information centre in the Peters Gate by St Peters Church and you can have a guided walk of all the spooky goings on in Derby. Some of it is truely haunted (believe me I've worked in a few of the places lol) and some of it you take with a pinch of salt. You can also take a pub ghost crawl going in the haunted pubs. For the spooky buffs, you might like to know that Most Haunted did some investigations in Derby.

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    Old Dolphin Inn

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Old Dolphin Inn

    The Old Dolphin Inn, Derby, calims to be built on a foundation dating to 1530, The timber framed building itself having been known to date from 1618.
    The exterior timber was replaced in 1912, but the interior is relatively unspoilt

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    Derby Bus Station

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Derby Bus Station

    The bus station was another part of the rivrside development in around 1930. The buildings are in an art deco style.
    Unfortunately the bus station is planned for demolition in the not too distant future

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    Derby Guildhall

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Derby Guildhall

    The building we see today was built by locally born Henry Duesbury in 1842. It wa a remodelling of a the former building in Greek revival style, which was destroyrd by fire in 1841.
    The vaulted entrance is supported by huge cast iron arches. The old council chamber has a fine ealborate ceiling, and is now a samall theatre.

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    Great Northern Railway Bridge

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Great Northern Railway Bridge

    This very ornamental, double cast iron bridge was made for the Great Northern Railway, by Derby firon ounder Andrew Handyside in 1876.
    The Borough's badge was cast into the spandrels, an embellishment thought to be to placate local residents who objected to the building of the line which closed in 1968.

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    Facade of County Gaol

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Facade of County Gaol

    The grim Facade of County Gaol, Derby, is the remains of hte jail which was demolished in 1928.
    People were previously hanged at the gates, and ghosts have been reported here.
    it was built in the 1820's

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    Pride Park

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Pride Park

    Pride Park is home to Derby County Football Club (The Rams). They are currently vying for a place in the premier league.
    Tours of the stadium are available to explore the ground, changing rooms, directors boxes, and the hallowed turf itself (fee payable)

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    Derby Riverside Walks

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Derby Riverside Walks

    From Derby city centre you can walk in either direction along the bank of the river Derwent.
    One way goes up to the Derby County football stadium at Pride Park and the other direction taked you up yo Darley Abbey.
    Both ways take you through parkland and can also be cycled.

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    Derby Carthedral

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Derby Carthedral

    Derby Cathedral dominates the skyline of the city of Derby.
    It is famous for having the 2nd tallest perpendicular church tower in England. The tower was finished in 1532, but there has been a church on this site from much earlier.
    Acroos the road is a visitor centre with a coffee shop.

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    Derby Assembly Rooms

    by stevezero Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Derby Assembly Rooms

    The Derby Assembly Rooms is one of the premier entertainment centres in the county.
    Here you can often see live bands, shows and other attractions.
    The building was constructed in 1977 and won an architectural award (how tastes change!)
    The Tourist Information Centre is also sited here.

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  • Derby Cathedral

    by jayhawk2000 Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Derby Cathedral

    The fine cathedral tower lords it over Derby and approaching it along crooked Iron Gate builds up a lot of anticipation. It's therefore a slight disappointment when you see the entire building and realise the main body of the church is much smaller than you'd expect and built in a different style.

    It's well worth going in because the interior is an iconic Georgian construction with clean lines, inlaid marble floors, crisply painted accents and wonderful wrought iron.

    It has many interesting monuments, including the tomb of Bess of Hardwick. Bess outlived all her husbands and each new suitor made her richer until she rivalled Elizabeth I herself. Her descendants include many aristocratic dynasties, some of whose country homes can be found scattered throughout Derbyshire.

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  • Derby Carthedral

    by derwenter Written Apr 9, 2005

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    The tower (Second highest in England) was built 1511-1532, The remainder was replaced in 1723 to a design by James Gibbs. The cathedral was originally All Saints church, It became Derby Cathedral in 1927 and was extended to designs by Sir Ninian and Sebastian Comper.

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    CHATSWORTH

    by zuriga Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    The Duke and Dutchess Live Here

    This is a treasure not to be missed. It's not far from Matlock and the grounds of this historic home are more than impressive. It's home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been in their family for 450 years. There are ties here to Princess Diana and many other famous people including the Mitford sisters.

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  • Something for everyone!

    by jayhawk2000 Updated Jun 19, 2004

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    Library clock tower

    The art gallery and local museum share quarters with the city library in an interesting hodgepodge of bones, stones, books and canvasses.

    The highlight for me is the world's largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby, one of the master painters of his day. An entire room is devoted to the local lad's work.

    Wright was a genius in delicately expressing candlelight. They can be so lifelike you want to put your hand over the canvas to see if you can feel warmth from the flame!

    He was unique in depicting scientific experiments and I personally find these works the most intriguing, not just for the light effects but also to see the expressions of observers.

    He was also rather unique in his 'warts and all' approach when painting portraits of aristocrats. He did his best to portray his subjects as they really looked and put his skills to work by doing the entire canvas himself. Unlike other portraitists who might only do faces and hands, Wright would do the props, landscape and clothing as well.

    Elsewhere in the museum is a good collection of Roman coins, old pottery and tiles plus some Saxon stone carving. There is also a new gallery devoted to local porcelain.

    My one complaint would be the complex is quite a jumble, with lots of steps and strange corridors, and parts need updating.

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