A Day in The Peak

Bakewell Church, Haddon Hall, and Chatsworth

By Andreas Edward Cokayne

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2013


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Bakewell Church,
Haddon Hall, and Chatsworth.

Local Member of Council of the British Archaeological Association,
and Member of Council of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.

Third Edition: revised and extended.

[ Entered at Stationers' Hall. ]

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The Gardens, Haddon Hall
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THE first edition of "A Day in the Peak" was exhausted within a very few months of its publication.

The second edition has been sold; completing the issue of four thousand copies.

The third edition, carefully revised and considerably extended, is now issued.

It would be difficult to find a district in the whole kingdom which comprises such varied objects of remarkable interest as that which may be visited in “A Day in the Peak” as related in these pages. In Haddon Hall we have probably the most complete existing specimen of a domestic mansion of our old nobility; in Chatsworth we have a great contrast - a distinct difference - in a mansion containing in every way - situation, architecture, decoration, furniture - the acme of magnificence; the splendid home of an English nobleman of the present day. While at Bakewell we have a Church which is a handsome structure, bearing the impress of more than eight centuries; with its collection of relics - those sepulchral slabs which carry us back to the Anglo-Saxon times, and the old Cross in the church-yard, a Christian symbol which has weathered the storms of a thousand years.

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So many excellent manuals have been published from time to time, that the descriptions of the chief places of resort in Derbyshire are well nigh exhausted. Scarcely anything new remains to be written. Our chief aim has therefore been to correctly write the history of old buildings, and accurately to relate the records of antiquity, and describe the architecture; the depiction of the beautiful scenery in the hills and dales of charming Derbyshire may well be left to the visitor himself, whose enjoyment of it in this district is so much enhanced by the generous owners of antient Haddon and stately Chatsworth.

To visitors staying in Bakewell, another Handbook (by the same author and publishers) will be found useful as a concise guide to places in the neighbourhood usually, visited and easily accessible. Its title will give an idea of its contents: “Bakewell and its Vicinity: Excursions, Drives, and Walks; with a table of authorized Carriage Fares from Bakewell to and from Haddon and Chatsworth; and some notes on Stone Circles and other rude Stone Monuments”. It also contains analyses of the Bakewell mineral waters, specially made for this hand-book, by John Collins, F.C.S., F.G.S., of Bolton-le-Moors, and his son Walter Hepworth Collins, F.C.S. The book has numerous illustrations.

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THE object of this handbook is to provide in a concise form, such information concerning Bakewell Church, Haddon Hall, and Chatsworth House, as will be practically useful to the many visitors and tourists who are attracted thither every year, and particularly to those thousands whose short excursions occupy only one day - “a day in the Peak”: while it will enable them to carry away a remembrance of their visit, to which they may refer at home with renewed interest.

Bakewell is a first-class Station on the Midland Railway and is therefore easily accessible.

Haddon Hall is two miles from Bakewell, by road, or across the fields.

The visitor is strongly recommended to start at Bakewell, see the Church, go on to Haddon, a distance of two miles, thence by way of Rowsley - where is the good old hostelry The Peacock, famed through many years - to Chatsworth, returning to Bakewell, Rowsley, or Hassop stations.

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Chatsworth may be reached from Bakewell, Hassop, or Rowsley stations.

Chatsworth House and pleasure grounds are open every week-day except Saturday, from eleven o'clock, a.m., till four p.m., and on Saturday from eleven o'clock, a.m., till one p.m. No party of more than twelve persons is admitted at one time. Schools are not admitted. The kitchen gardens are not open to the public.

Haddon Hall, and Bakewell Church (except during Divine Service), may be visited during any part of the day.

Bakewell is distant from Buxton 12 miles; from Chesterfield 12 miles; from Chatsworth 4 miles; from Haddon 2 miles; from Matlock 10 miles; from Rowsley 4 miles; from Ashbourne 16 miles; from Taddington 6 miles; from Alport and Lathkil Dale 3 miles; from Arbor Low 7 miles; from Baslow 4 miles; from Winster 5 miles; and from Sheffield 16 miles. From London (by Railway) 152 miles; and from Manchester 33 miles.

Edensor village, close to Chatsworth, is only 2 miles from Bakewell Railway Station, a pleasant walk over the hill, and a very direct road.

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OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in May 2013.

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