Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beautiful Buxton

An inn near the Buxton Crescent, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was detained under Elizabeth I.

Buxton is an old spa town. Its natural mineral springs attracted the Celts and the Romans, and just as with its larger and more famous cousin, the city of Bath, Buxton was a place to see and be seen in Jane Austin's time.

Sadly, the baths and crescent of Buxton have fallen into disrepair. However, there is a bright light on the horizon, for new funding has been found, and the Georgian baths and buildings are to be restored in the next few years through public funding and development by the Danubius Group out of Budapest.

Buxton has a well-manicured park in its center, a conservatory, and a luxurious Opera House. My photos don't do the town justice.

The Derbyshire Dome, which once served as stables for the elegant spa attendees in the glory days, is the largest unsupported dome in Europe and today is home to the University of Derby.

The Dome is also a popular wedding venue.
Even today, townspeople draw water from St. Anne's Well. (Who knows, maybe it was the water and not the steroids and antivirals that cured me?) I don't like the taste of the mineral water in Bath, but Buxton water actually tastes good.

Buxton, which has good transport links to most of Derbyshire, is also a good location for walks. You can see a lot without a car, particularly if you have a senior railpass or get an all-day bus pass that covers the entire region.

Right on the outskirts of Buxton is an impressive cave and a walk up to Solomon's Temple, a 20-foot high, two-story folly, built in the 1890s. On a clear day, the views are fantastic.

And look at this great photo that Kevin took of a young girl who was sitting in one of the tower's windows:

I love this image! Check out the black-and-white version (and his other fascinating work) on Kevin's photo blog.

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