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Pollyanna paints the Dawn of Time

Legend has it that the very last wild wolf in England was killed in the Derbyshire village of Wormhill in the sixteenth century. Hearing this piece of local lore inspired award winning wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering to create a brand new collection of paintings.  She envisioned a time when the Peak District and wild woods […]

Harpur’s of Melbourne

Derbyshire’s newest 2 AA Rosette restaurant Derbyshire is a county of contrasts. From the dramatic vistas of the gritstone edges scarring through the purple heather, to the gentle rolling pastures and the newly created National Forest along the meandering Trent, the landscape could not be more different. The towns in the county reflect this diverse […]

Matlock Gurkha Inn

A few weeks ago the old Royal Oak in Tansley finished its transformation from a country pub to a new Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, and in keeping with this, it changed its name to the Matlock Gurkha Inn. You can’t miss the restaurant on the main road from Tansley into Matlock with its brightly painted […]

Benefit – Tried & Tested

Roller Lash £19.50 Why We Love It: Curl Power!! It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls, while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. Contains provitamin B5 and serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits. Ink black or brown, satin finish, Water-resistant and easy to remove, 87% said it […]

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 […]

Lost Houses – Swarkestone 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 […]

Calke Abbey And Its Gardens

In the years before Calke Abbey became a National Trust property, a visitor who had heard rumours of rooms full of abandoned relics, decided to ‘explore’.  Making an excuse to visit a toilet, he deliberately wandered along neglected corridors, opening doors into rooms where years of sunshine had bleached the colour out of Victorian Turkey […]

Derbyshire’s Homegrown Cricketing Heros

IDEALLY, county cricket’s trophy winners are saluted by an ecstatic home crowd or by a full house at Lord’s. Four of Derbyshire’s five major honours fit this category: the NatWest and Benson and Hedges finals of 1981 and 1993, the Sunday League title clinched at Derby in 1990 and promotion and the Second Division championship […]

Derbyshire Antiques – PETER PEREZ BURDETT FRSA

PETER PEREZ BURDETT FRSA Maps and Memorabilia Peter Burdett was an important but much neglected figure of the Midlands Enlightenment and, like his friends Joseph Wright and the architect Joseph Pickford, was on the periphery of the Lunar Society. He was unmatched as a surveyor, cartographer and topographical illustrator, and was the inventor of a process […]

Derbyshire Antiques

Joseph Wright looms so large over the firmament of later 18th century portraiture that we rather lose sight of what happened if a potential sitter either couldn’t get hold of him or couldn’t afford him. And, indeed, who came after him locally? One artist who captured the local portrait market as the 18th century turned […]