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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Crescent Buxton

The Crescent in Buxton, does not compare in size or grandeur with its cousin the Royal Crescent in Bath but the buildings are of equal importance to the identity of this northern spa town. The Crescent was built by the Duke of Devonshire of Chatsworth House fame between 1780 and 1789. The architect was the prolific John Carr (1723–1807), who had prisons, bridges, town halls and even the Hospital de Santo António in Porto, northern Portugal on his impressive CV.

The Crescent Buxton, Derbyshire

At present the Grade I-listed buildings are being restored with a grant from English Heritage and the plan is to find new uses for the interior. Interestingly, Carr's original design included a post office, an hotel and various lodging houses, an Assembly Room, shops and a public promenade.

The Crescent Buxton, Derbyshire

Other attractions in Buxton a short walk from the Crescent include the St Ann's Well and the Old Hall Hotel where Mary Queen of Scots was a famous guest.

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