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The Peak District

Buxton, Bakewell, Monsal Head, Renishaw Hall, Chatsworth House, Eyam, Matlock, Matlock, Bath, Cromford Mill

semi-overcast 22 °C

We set off in depressingly cloudy conditions with the BBC Weather Service assuring us the sun would be shining in the Peak District (it did, for a few hours over 3 days)

Loved Buxton and the Opera House but all the accommodation was taken

Did not like Bakewell

Loved Monsal Head and the glorious summer evening looking down the valley from the hotel's terrace, although we did think the GBP120 per night was a bit excessive

The gardens and museum of Renishaw Hall (Dame Edith Sitwell's family home) were OK but small and definitely not worth the GBP6.50 entrance fee

Chatsworth House now charges GBP18 for house and gardens but the GBP3 parking fee gives you access to the magnificent parklands and views of the house

Eyam is knowm as the "plague" village - The plague had been brought to the village in a flea-infested bundle of cloth that was delivered to tailor George Viccars from London. Within a week he was dead and was buried on 7 September 1665. After the initial deaths, the townspeople turned to their rector, the Reverend William Mompesson, and the Puritan Minister Thomas Stanley. They introduced a number of precautions to slow the spread of the illness from May 1666. These included the arrangement that families were to bury their own dead and the relocation of church services from the parish church of St. Lawrence to Cucklett Delph to allow villagers to separate themselves, reducing the risk of infection. Perhaps the best-known decision was to quarantine the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease. The plague raged in the village for 14 months and it is stated that it killed at least 260 villagers with only 83 villagers surviving

Matlock was good, Matlock Bath wasn't

Cromford Mill is a "must-see" if you like industrial history. It was the world's first water-powered cotton spinning mill - developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771 in Cromford, Derbyshire, it laid the foundation of his fortune and was quickly copied by mills in Lancashire, Germany and the United States. It forms the centrepiece of the Derwent Valley Mills, now a World Heritage Site. The giant water-wheel pit is a wonder in itself

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Posted by kforge 02:15 Archived in United Kingdom

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