Stepping Stones, Dovedale

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Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually it attracts a million visitors. The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles (5 km) between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river, and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes. The stepping stones were first laid across the River Dove circa 1890, as the area became more and more popular with Victorian tourists. In 1934, the stones were acquired by National Trust and in 2006, Dovedale was declared a National Nature Reserve in order to protect its future as “one of England’s finest wildlife sites” with diverse plant life and interesting rock formations. The National Trust became embroiled in controversy in 2010, when in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council it oversaw the renovation of Dovedale’s iconic stepping stones. It involved topping all but one of the stones with layers of mortar and limestone slabs. The above photo was taken before this work was carried out.

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Wedgwood Estate, Barlaston

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Wedgwood Estate at Barlaston, Staffordshire, England.

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Barlaston Hall

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Barlaston Hall on the Wedgwood Estate, Barlaston, Staffordshire.

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Peaceful solitude

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Fishing on a spring day on the Wedgwood Estate at Barlaston, Staffordshire.

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Castle Nudes

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Fantasy photo montage.

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Trentham Hall, Staffordshire

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Around 1730, John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower, erected a hall based on Buckingham House. It was substantially altered by his son 1st Marquess of Stafford, from designs by Henry Holland, in 1775–78. The country house, of which parts remain, dates from 1833–42 and was designed by Charles Barry, while he was working on the rebuild of the Palace of Westminster. He was commissioned by 2nd Duke of Sutherland. The focal point of the building was a 100 feet (30 m) square campanile clock tower. Barry spent over 10 years improving the house, as well as adding a new block including state bedrooms and dressing rooms, as well as servant’s quarters, a sculpture gallery, and a clock tower. This interesting complex is generally known as the Riding School, designed in 1840 and built between 1841-50. It stands on the perimeter of a large cobbled stableyard, and represents the last major addition to, and almost sole survivor of the once-exciting and impressive Trentham Hall. The property was purchased by St. Modwen Properties in 1996, at which point the buildings and gardens were derelict and vandalised, and they contracted the Land Use Consultants company to restore the historic landscape. The surrounding Trentham Gardens were restored in 2003-04, and in 2013 they were visited by over 3 million people.

St. Modwen set out a plan to recreate the house according to the original designs at the cost of £35 million as a five star hotel with 150 rooms, a luxury spa, and a conference centre. Planning permission was granted, and initial plans aimed for a 2008 completion date, which was later revised to 2011. However, in 2013 they stated that despite having planning permission to restore the hall, it was not economically viable to do so, given that the £30-35 million cost of restoring and rebuilding the hall would be greater than the hall’s value as a hotel due to the then-recent economic recession, although they stated that they were still committed to restoring the hall when they could.

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Stone Bridge at Gradbach

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Bridge over the River Dane at Gradbach in the Peak District National Park.

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