Calke Abbey :: Shared Description

Set in the midst of a landscaped park containing ponds, ancient oaks and open pasture., Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire (English Heritage Building ID: 82818 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) . The estate is currently owned and managed by the National Trust (LinkExternal link for visitor information).

The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1538 when its land was confiscated by The Crown. The present building, named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704 for the Harpur family who owned the house for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties. Today, the house is open to the public and many of its rooms are deliberately displayed in the state of decline in which the house was handed to the Trust.

Much of Calke Park is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) particularly noted for its rare wood pasture habitat (LinkExternal link Natural England) and associated deadwood invertebrate fauna and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) (LinkExternal link Natural England).

A large quadrangle of buildings forming the old stable yard and farm, complete with old carriages and farm implements is to the side of the house.
by David Dixon
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SK3722 : Home Farmhouse, Calke Park by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3622 : Calke Abbey from the south by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3622 : Stables at Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3722 : Flower Garden, Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey Outbuildings by David Dixon
SK3622 : Stables and Riding School, Calke Abbey  by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3622 : Stables at Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3722 : Calke Abbey Garden by David Dixon
SK3622 : Outbuildings at Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey Dining Room by David Dixon
SK3722 : Glasshouse, Calke Abbey Gardens by David Dixon
SK3722 : Flower Garden, Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey, South Front by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey, The Stable Block by David Dixon
SK3622 : Chilean pine (Monkey Puzzle) in Calke Abbey grounds by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3523 : Avenue of limes leading into Calke Abbey parkland by Christopher Hilton
SK3622 : Stables Courtyard at Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Stable Building, Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3622 : Calke Abbey, south frontage by Christopher Hilton
SK3722 : The Orangery, Calke Abbey by David Dixon
SK3523 : Ticknall Lodge, Calke Abbey parkland by Christopher Hilton
SK3622 : Calke Abbey Stables by David Dixon
SK3523 : North entrance gates and lodge to Calke Abbey by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3622 : Calke Park by David Dixon


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Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2015, Updated: Mon, 21 Sep 2015

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