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Calke Abbey

By PhilT2
Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, in the care of the National Trust.
The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The present building, named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704.
The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties.
Set in the midst of a landscape park, Calke Abbey is presented by the National Trust as an illustration of the English country house in decline. At its time of endowment, there had been little change to many rooms since the 1880s. A massive amount of remedial work but no restoration has been done and interiors are almost as they were found in 1985, so the decay of the building and its interiors has been halted but not reversed.

Tags: Architecture Derbyshire National trust Calke abbey

Voters: RonDM, Alan_Baseley, Xandru and 38 more

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TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
7 Aug 2022 1:03PM
A fine-looking building, Phil, and interesting story about it too 👍🏻
Trev 😀
mac Plus
21 15 Scotland
7 Aug 2022 2:24PM
A very straight, up and down building, with no embellishments. Everything very uniform.
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2022 5:14PM
Beautiful ornate building. Wonderful images,
Isabel GrinGrin
davyskid 6 2 Scotland
7 Aug 2022 5:27PM
Beautiful set Phil.
James124 Plus
8 73 57 Portugal
7 Aug 2022 8:43PM
The sombre lighting suits the state of the house
8 Aug 2022 2:49AM
It is a grand house.


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