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Report - Buxton Crescent January 2015

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Mr_T, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Mr_T

    Mr_T 28DL Full Member
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    With light fading and the worse snow UK had seen in many years, we didnt hold out much hope. But with a good tip off and access info thanks to @darbians, we were in.

    Buxton Crescent is Grade 1 listed building in Derbyshire. It was designed by the architect John Carr, and built for the Fifth Duke of Devonshire between 1780 and 1789.

    The Crescent was built for William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, as part of his scheme to establish Buxton as a fashionable Georgian spa town.
    The facade forms an arc of a circle facing southeast. It was built as a unified structure incorporating a hotel, five lodging houses, and a grand assembly room with a fine painted ceiling. The Assembly Rooms became the social heart of 18th-century Buxton.
    On the ground floor arcade were shops (including a hair and wig-dresser) and kitchens were in the basement.

    In 1993 with a grant from the National Heritage fund the High peak Borough Council purchased the Crescent to act as a temporary caretaker of the building until a suitable buyer could be found. A further £1.5 million from English Heritage was used to make the building weathertight.
    In December 2000 the combined councils applied to the Lottery fund to help finance plans to restore the Crescent as a hotel and to build new spa facilities. Funding was approved in July 2003.

    Work to restore, redevelop and manage the hotel and spa was put out to tender, which was won in December 2003 by a partnership of the Trevor Osborne Property Group Limited and CP Holdings Limited, the then £23 million plan was scheduled for completion in 2007.
    However the project suffered a series of delays, including funding and technical and legal issues relating to the continued supply of water from springs beneath the buildings to Nestle, the bottler of Buxton Water.

    For pretty much 10 years, work stopped and started for a number of reasons. Funding problems delayed the main part of the project further, but with a loan guaranteed from Derbyshire County Council and an additional grant of £11.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund announced in 2014, work is under way again.

    Most info shamelessly stole from wiki.

    A big shell with some good and bad bits, heres a few selected shots of a mad dash before it got dark.


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    For better quality visit http://www.darbiansphotography.com/buxton-crescent-urbex

    Thanks guys & gals.
     

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  2. WildBoyz

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    Great set of photos :thumb
     
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    Thanks dude. Bit of a rush around here, but glad to see it when i did.
     
  4. Dieselkid 63

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    Nice one! But you're crazy visiting Buxton in the snow in the middle of February! I remember getting on one of the last trains out of there one winter, it was like the last plane out of Stalingrad :p
     
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    No worries mate. Really nice set.
     
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    Nice set of snaps... well done.... thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
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    Great set and good work getting in...
     
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    Pretty happy with set considering. Got to thank Scotty boy for the help, i just turned up :thumb
     
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    Nice work, we were here not too long ago. no sign of anyone but lots of workers lights left on..
     
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    The lights are always on I think.
     
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    Oops ignore me. Read that wrong.
     
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    nicely done...

    back on the radar ;-)

    SOD
     
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    Some mad fisheye action going on there, nice set of pictures.

    Can anyone shed any info on these...

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    ...What's with the pipework in the spa?

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    ...Looks very heavy duty, and wouldn't be out of place in a mine?
     
  15. Dieselkid 63

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    I'm not too sure, but a few years ago the actual pump house which is very close by underwent a major overhaul and a lot of modern pipework was fitted, similar looking to that so it could well be connected. No idea on the little cart. Heating via hypocaust or something like that?
     
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