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Friday, August 31, 2012

Chudleigh Carnival

The annual Chudleigh Carnival took place earlier this summer on Saturday July 21 and drew a large crowd of participants and spectators.

Chudleigh Carnival Pirate

The colourful procession of young and old included dancers, bagpipes, a pirate, majorettes, a Carnival Queen and many other people in all styles of fancy dress.

Chudleigh Carnival drummers

The carnival is part of the larger Chudfest which lasts from July 13-22 and also includes concerts, a ball, barn dance, a fun run and a 6-mile race.

Chudleigh Carnival grannies

Chudleigh Carnival Devon

Chudleigh Carnival, Devon, UK


Chudleigh is a short drive south west from Exeter on the A38. Chudleigh Market takes place on the High Street every Thursday.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Old Hall Hotel Buxton

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton claims to be one of the oldest hotels in Britain. It was built in 1573 and housed Mary Queen of Scots from 1576-1578 during her period of house arrest under Elizabeth I. Mary was under the supervision of the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife - Bess of Hardwick.

Old Hall Hotel Buxton, Derbyshire


Mary scratched the following words on a window in the building before she left: "Buxton, whose warm waters have made thy name famous, perchance I shall visit thee no more - Farewell." Mary was to be executed at Fotheringhay in 1587.

Old Hall Hotel Buxton


During the time of Mary's stay in Buxton she was visited by a number of prominent people of the age including the Earl of Leicester and Lord Burghley, who were accommodated at the hall.

The Duke of Devonshire rebuilt the structure in 1670 but retained much of the original building.

Nowadays guests at the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton can enjoy one of 38 bedrooms equipped with with en-suite bathrooms, full English breakfast and satellite TV.

The Old Hall Hotel
The Square
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 6BD
Tel: 01298 22841
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

St Ann's Well Buxton

Buxton (Aquae Arnemetiae), south of Manchester and Stockport on the western edge of the Peak District, was the second most important Roman spa in ancient Britain, after the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset.

St Ann's Well, Buxton


Buxton enjoyed an architectural and financial renaissance as a spa town with the coming of the railway line from Manchester in 1863.

Buxton is rightly famous for the quality of its water. St Ann's Well provides water for the famous "Buxton" brand of mineral water and is also available free of charge at source.

St Ann's Well

The water flows from a lion's head below a statue of a woman (St Ann) and her daughter - the Virgin Mary.

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