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Dining Out In Derbyshire

Dining at Jeera

It was a cold, dark, Thursday evening in the middle of January. The forecast was for it to get colder with possibly a heavy snowfall. The worst of the winter was yet to come. So, we decided it was time for a spicy evening out to banish the winter blues. We headed to Codnor Market […]

The Horse & Jockey

Back in the mid 1960s the Sunday afternoon picnic was something to look forward to. Family and food packed into the Morris Oxford and my father at the wheel conducting us on his own, very special, mystery tour. It could be to Clumber Park and long walks through the woods or to Dovedale; over the […]

Lunch at Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie

The day hadn’t started very well. One of those tiny warning lights had illuminated on the dashboard of the car and, although I thought I was good at solving cryptic crosswords, this combination of hieroglyphics and abbreviations had me foxed. It required an excursion to Derby for a diagnosis. It wasn’t good news. It could […]

Kedleston Country House Boutique Hotel

Stepping over the threshold at The Kedleston Country House Boutique Hotel I realised that the last time I had been here was with work colleagues, some sadly no longer with us, for happy hour in 1989. In honesty I didn’t recognise the place as so much has been done to make this a truly splendid […]

Dining Out at The Sanam

Cooking in a traditional Bangladeshi way has always been the ethos at the Sanam, on King Street Alfreton.  Their philosophy of providing quality food at a fair price has stood the test of time and they are immensely proud of their track record.  The Sanam offers a mouth-watering tasty menu. Whilst enjoying our popadoms and […]

Blacksmith’s Loft

An embarrassingly long time ago I worked in an office on Iron Gate, Derby. Myself and my colleagues never appreciated the grandeur of this elegant street; with its subtle curve that leads the eye from the Market Place towards the Cathedral and the pleasing proportions of the Georgian facades. We simply hated the fact that […]

Dining at Railway Tearooms

Having ventured out on the weekly supermarket shop early Saturday morning and completed the ordeal, we decided that we deserved a (rare) treat; perhaps a trip out to a tearoom would be just what we both needed to start the weekend off properly. With this mission in mind, my partner and myself were fortunate to […]

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Derbyshire Lost houses

Errwood Hall

When I was young, especially when visiting relatives in Ireland, ruined country houses were virtually commonplace. Tax, bankruptcy, pessimism and misfortune led many owners post World War Two to abandon their homes and live somewhere cheaper to heat, and generally more convenient. Contents were sold and most often the house pulled down, but many were […]

Old Bretby Hall

The name Bretby, although equipped with a Norse suffix meaning ‘place’, suggests that it was, even when the Danelaw was forming in the 10th-11th century, a place known to be (or have been) settled by people of British descent. Yet by 1086 it was attached to Newton (Solney) as an outlier, but by the end […]

The Knoll, Littleover

I have tramped the streets of Littleover many times over the last decade, canvassing or delivering leaflets, and have often wondered, when entering Knoll Close from Swanmore Road, on the south western slopes of the village, whether the inhabitants were aware of the reason for their street’s name. The street itself was built in the […]

Lost Houses – Swarkesstone Old Hall

If you drive along the road from Swarkestone Bridge to Chellaston you will notice, just as you turn east after passing the Crewe & Harpur Arms, a pair of sturdy stone gatepiers topped with large ball finials. Those not having to concentrate upon the road ahead will also see, in the field beyond the gate […]

Lost Houses – South Wingfield Manor

Some lost houses leave no trace behind, some fragments, some a wing or two incorporated into something else, and some, like the Manor at South Wingfield, end up as a stupendous ruin. Wingfield Manor is just such a stupendous ruin, and one that never fails to amaze me once I go through the gate from […]

Spondon Hall

The entire building was set in a small landscaped park and embellished with a pair of fine Wellingtonias – giant redwoods – and with dense planting to shield the house from those on Sitwell Street. I suppose that, if one counts Locko Park as part of Spondon, one could say that the village (now Derby […]

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Walking In Derbyshire

Tittesworth Reservoir

It is a long time since I was last in the area around the Roaches near Leek.  The highest gritstone edge in the Peak, the escarpment dominates the northern skyline in this walk.  Tittesworth Reservoir has a long history.  It was built in two stages with the original dam created in 1858 to collect water […]

A Winter Warmer Around Attenborough Nature Reserve

Wrap up well for this walk because the wind off the River Trent at this time is often called ‘a lazy wind’, rather than go round, it tries to cut straight through your jacket.  Nevertheless it is an ideal winter walk for it is along wide, level, well surfaced tracks more than often sheltered by […]

Around Errwood and the Goyt Valley

When the A5004 Buxton/Whaley Bridge road reaches the top of Long Hill, a minor side road on the left, runs steeply downhill across the moors to reach Errwood Reservoir dam. Beyond the reservoir, the road forks, one climbing to the right, steeply uphill towards Rainow following the line of a possible Roman road, but certainly […]

Along Stanage Edge

The eastern escarpment of the Derwent Valley is lined along most of its length almost from its birth and as far as Chatsworth.  Broken into sections where natural weaknesses allow roads or trackways to cross the heights, this abrupt rise from the valley has always determined the route taken by travellers from as far back […]

Walking The Erewash

A comment from a reader who had walked my ‘Up the Nottingham and down the Erewash’ canal walk published in Images May edition, drew my attention to the fact that it is possible to expand May’s walk as a figure-of-eight, starting and finishing at the same place near Ilkeston; namely the sports ground opposite the […]

A Walk around Chatsworth

A walk that turned out to be different to what we intended. We are becoming addicted to TM Travel’s 217 simply because it stops outside my house on its way to Chatsworth. It was one of those rare fine days a week or so ago and having the day free we decided to go for […]

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