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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pavilion Gardens Buxton

After the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset, the second most important Roman spa in ancient Britain, was at Buxton, south of Manchester and Stockport on the western edge of the Peak District.

In the Roman era, the town was known as Aquae Arnemetiae, and when taking the waters again became popular in Victorian times, Buxton enjoyed an architectural renaissance with the coming of the railway from Manchester in 1863.

The Pavilion Gardens date from 1871, when the 7th Duke of Devonshire suggested the idea of a "pleasure garden" to boost the amenities of the growing and increasingly prosperous town. The Concert Hall, (the Octagon) seen in the image above was designed by local architect, Robert Rippon Duke, and opened in 1875.

The present 23 acres of pleasant grounds include a lake, a children's play area, a band stand, cafe, miniature train and the 93 seat Pavilion Arts Centre. Pavilion Gardens attracts over half a million visitors a year and plays host to numerous fairs, local Farmers' Markets and other events. Other attractions in Buxton include the St Ann's Well and the Old Hall Hotel where Mary Queen of Scots was a famous guest.

The Pavilion Gardens
St. John's Road
SK17 6BE
Tel: 01298 23114

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