Derbyshire Journals

Root and Branch - Family Ties to Derbyshire

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A June 2003 trip to Derbyshire by BawBaw

Haddon Hall Photo, Bakewell, England More Photos
Quote: Derbyshire's role in family history was the excuse for our first visit to this gently beautiful county in the English Midlands. But it has been the warmth of our welcome and the many attractions of the Peak District that have ensured our frequent returns.

Root and Branch - Family Ties to Derbyshire

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Overview

Derbyshire Vista Photo, Derbyshire, England
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On a purely personal level, Derbyshire represents a touchstone to one branch of my family tree. Discovering Derbyshire has thus given substance to aspects of family lore that had been all but lost. When my husband and I planned our first visit in 1998, our objectives were to stand on the soil of my ancestors, to imagine what life might have been like had they not emigrated, and to experience the sights and sounds of a countryside that could have been my home. The three return journeys, however, have been inspired by the region itself, by the quality of life we found there, by the warmth of its people, and by a wide range of attractions. For visitors seeking peace and beauty, Derbyshire offers ...Read More

Dower House

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Hotel | "The Dower House"

Dower House Photo, Winster, Derbyshire
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The Dower House—a three-story, 16th-century country house that is Grade II listed for its architectural and historic interest—is located in the Derbyshire village of Winster. Once belonging to the nearby Kedleston estate, the front windows of the house look directly down Main Street. The property is adjacent to and shares a wall with the village churchyard. Operated by Mrs. Marsha Foster-Biggin as a five-star, Gold Award-winning bed-and-breakfast establishment, the Dower House offers large and pleasant rooms, a variety of breakfast options, and an attractive walled garden complete with a small fish pond and a cat named Percy.Our stay at the Dower House was for three nights, and our par...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Dower House
Main Street
Winster, Derbyshire DE4 2DH
+44 (0)1629 650931

Old Bowling Green

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Restaurant | "The Old Bowling Green"

Old Bowling Green Photo, Winster, Derbyshire
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In March 2002, my mother, sister, younger daughter and I settled on the Derbyshire village of Winster as our base for exploring the Peak District. Given the perils of the narrow country roads that connect Winster to the outside world, our group had no wish to travel after dark. The solution for where to find dinner thus became The Old Bowling Green pub, which was within easy walking distance of our B&B. In fairness, there is a second pub in Winster, the Miner's Standard, which enjoys a comparable reputation. But we were on foot, and the Standard was up a steep hill and further away than the Bowling Green. After our long days of touring, we opted for ease. Located next to the historic Market ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Old Bowling Green
East Bank
Winster, Derbyshire DE4 2DS
011-44-1629-650219

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

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Restaurant | "The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop"

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop Photo, Bakewell, England
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In 1860, a misunderstanding over cooking instructions in the kitchen of Bakewell’s White Horse Inn led to the accidental creation of the world’s first Bakewell Pudding. With an ingredient list featuring short crust, strawberry jam and fresh eggs, Bakewell Pudding resembles what we Americans would call a custard pie. In England, it’s a pudding (not a tart--a frequent error, even in the U.K.). Ideally, it should be served hot and smothered with soft custard or cream. The recipe has been kept secret ever since that long-ago happy accident, though naturally there are countless attempts at duplication. If one should wish to sample this delicacy, there is no place better to do so than in The Old O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2004

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop
The Square
Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1BT
(+44) 01629 812 193

The Miners Standard

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Restaurant

The Miners Standard Photo, Winster, Derbyshire
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The Miners Standard is one of two excellent free house pubs in the Derbyshire village of Winster. Built in 1653 as a farmhouse and converted to a turnpike inn in 1753, the Standard has a rich and colorful history—up to and including ghostly hauntings. The structure in which the pub is housed clearly bespeaks its origins, with guests moving from room to room exactly as they might in a rambling farmhouse or country inn. An outdoor dining area behind the pub is available for use during fair weather, complete with the appropriate pastoral surroundings. During our visit, a very large, very powerful, very proprietary-looking bull patrolled behind a fence that suddenly seemed very frail. As its...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2004

The Miners Standard
Banktop
Winster, Derbyshire DE4 2DR
+44 (01629) 650279

Haddon Hall

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Attraction

Haddon Hall Photo, Bakewell, England
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Haddon Hall is a gift from the past. A marvelously preserved medieval manor house situated in the lush Derbyshire countryside, the hall was built over several generations by scions of the Vernon family. Late in the sixteenth century, it passed to the Manners family through the marriage of John Manners to Dorothy Vernon and thus became a secondary residence of the Dukes of Rutland. I sought out Haddon Hall because the Vernons who build it are counted among my mother's forebears, and I wanted the opportunity to touch my family's past. Standing behind its medieval curtain wall, the hall is familiar to moviegoers as the backdrop for such films as The Princess Bride, Moll Flan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2004

Haddon Hall

Bakewell, United Kingdom DE45 1LA
+44 (1629) 812855

Bakewell Market Town

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Attraction | "Market Town of Bakewell"

Church of All Saints. Bakewell Photo, Bakewell, England
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Bakewell holds the key to the search for my family’s Derbyshire roots. The Vernon branch of the family tree is deeply rooted in Bakewell’s soil—there is even a Vernon Chapel in the local parish church. Personal connections aside, Bakewell is famous for its healing baths (or "wells"), its magnificent medieval bridge (which is still in use), and an unusual local custom known as "well-dressing," Bakewell was already a settled community when Rome occupied Britain. It received a royal charter as a market town in 1330 and still has the largest cattle market in Britain. Since the Norman Conquest, Bakewell has served as a political and social center for the lords of nearby Haddon Hall. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2004

Bakewell Market Town

Bakewell, United Kingdom