Buxton - Old Hall Hotel

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

One of the oldest buildings in Buxton, Derbyshire, the Old Hall Hotel is in The Square, opposite the Buxton Opera House.
See Google map LINK

The site's (Hall) history extends back to the medieval period.  Undergoing several transformations including a four-storey fortified tower, between 1576 and 1578 it housed Mary Queen of Scots whilst in the custody of George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Hall was rebuilt in 1670.  By 1727 the 'Hall' became a Hotel. Over the next 30 years, Buxton became an established Spa Town and the Old Hall became fashionable to clientele included bishops and visiting aristocracy taking the purported health benefits of the local geothermal waters.  

It remains a hotel to this day. 

Buxton - The Slopes

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A very cold and wet miserable winter morning turned into a slightly milder afternoon in Buxton, so the opportunity to capture (an apparent lifeless) area of the town couldn't be missed!

As I crossed the road and headed towards the steps (1st pic below) it struck me how quiet this locale was getting.
Eventually ascending the steps and eerily looking like some typical sci-fi or post-apocalyptic horror setting, the only real visible signs of life on 'The Slopes' in Buxton was some chap walking around with a camera!

Twelve stone urns on plinths were placed as part of Sir Jeffrey Wyatville's landscaping of The Slopes in 1818 (opposite John Carr's The Crescent) and later altered in 1859 by Sir Joseph Paxton.  

Note: The last eight photos were taken before commencement work on the Crescent building. 

Read more about John Carr (architect) LINK
Read More about The Slopes and Buxton via Historic England: LINK
Wikipedia - Buxton: LINK 


Destination London

Touring London?  Here's three great destination examples to photograph.

  • The Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge 
  • The London Eye

But instead of 'getting the shot' from typical 'sightseeing' spots which were either too crowded, not quite opposite or ideal vantage positions, all three photos were taken from my first River Boat trip on the Thames!

Obviously weather conditions were a deciding factor kit wise, but overall I'm happy with the results and I'd happily take another boat trip or two next time I'm visiting London.

So if you want to try something different and are not prone to motion sickness, the boat clippers are highly recommended!

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