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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 […]

Exploring New Mills

The end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago saw massive floods careering down what became the Sett and Goyt valleys. The power generated by the force of billions of gallons of flood water carved a deep gorge, around which the town of New Mills now stands. This water was a heaven-sent opportunity […]

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 […]

TIGI Catwalk Haircare Review

Look Good Enough for the Catwalk Your Highness Shampoo For body and movement Features: Sweet almond oil, glycerin, conditioning agent (polyquaternium-10) Benefits: Enhances volume and body whilst delivering weightless moisture. Helps defend against statics and flyways. Designed to be colour safe. Headshot Conditioner For chemically treated hair Features: This intense reconstructor, with ingredients that penetrate the hair fibre, […]

Riber Castle Rebirth

For years Riber Castle, Smedley’s Folly has suffered from neglect and unless something was done to save it from oblivion, Matlock’s benevolent guardian could well have disappeared for ever.  That ‘something’, as Brian Spencer discovered is the work currently being carried out by Cross Tower Ventures who, without altering the appearance of Grade II Listed […]

Lost Houses – Stainsby House

Any reader who thinks I might have run out of substantial lost country houses to describe by now will be, I am afraid, mistaken. I may have been seduced into writing about some modest ones, but more substantial casualties are still unrecorded in this series. One of them is Stainsby House, Smalley, seat of the […]

Lost Houses – Spondon Old Hall

Researching the grander houses of Spondon has never been easy, simply because there have been more than a few: Spondon Hall, The Grange, The Cottage, Field and Spondon Houses, The Homestead, West and Prospect Houses. Of these only the last three survive, and not all had estates attached. Most were what is called by estate […]

Dining at The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun at Wirksworth has, over this last year, become firmly established on many people’s regular dining schedule. Since Steve and Laura arrived, the pub has had a complete refurbishment and the menu is continually refreshed to reflect the current trends in dining.  Interestingly what is popular one year can be yesterday’s news. The […]

Roughnecks & Nodding Donkeys

Wandering round the tranquil glades of Duke’s Wood Nature Reserve near Eakring, Brian Spencer came across what at first glance seemed machines designed by the eccentric artist, Heath Robinson.  Known as ‘Nodding Donkeys’, they turned out to be the relics of Britain’s first on-shore oil field… At the start of World War 2, Britain’s only […]

Lost Houses – Wheston Hall

I realise that knowledgeable readers will read this heading and exclaim that Wheston Hall is not a lost house at all and still stands. Yet the rather mauled remnant which survived the collapse of much of the fabric in a gale in 1952 is largely a new house which made ingenious use of some surviving parts […]