Exploring the architectural history of Derbyshire

The second part of this series is based on Derbyshire, an area of significant natural beauty. Many people visit the region to take in the fresh air and stunning scenery that this county and surrounding Peak District has to offer, while it also boasts a variety of beautifully preserved halls, manors, castles and mills.

If you are interesting in finding out more about Derbyshire’s architectural beauty, read on:

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall lies in the delightful Peak District National Park and overlooks the River Wye. It is believed that the hall is one of the best examples existing today of a fortified medieval manor house. Parts of the hall, a seat of the Duke of Rutland, date from the early 12th to the 17th Century. Between 1700 and the 1920s, Haddon actually lay dormant until it was restored by the ninth Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

Strutt’s North Mill

Given UNESCO World Heritage status back in 2001, the Belper North Mill, otherwise known as Strutt’s North Mill, is one of the last surviving examples in the world of an iron-framed building. The original timber-framed north mill was constructed in 1786, when it was used for cotton spinning. In 1803, however, the structure burned tragically down to the ground. The replacement mill, which is where the museum currently stands, was erected in 1804 using a ‘fire-proof’ iron frame. This early use of such technology was copied the world over, and was even used as a guide for the modern engineering of skyscrapers.

Bolsover Castle

Built in 1612 by Sir Charles Cavendish, Bolsover Castle sits overlooking the Vale of Scarsdale. Known as the ‘Little Castle’, the design of it was apparently meant to replicate a Norman tower. The interior of the castle is very elaborate, with beautifully painted ceilings and dramatic fireplaces. Bolsover’s Riding House is the earliest structure of its kind to still exist in England.

Posted by Mark
July 5, 2015

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