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1 September 16       Calke Abbey.

The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII.  The present building,
named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704. 
The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the National Trust in 1985
in lieu of death duties.  Today, the house is presented as an illustration of the English country house in decline.
 A massive amount of remedial work but no restoration has been done and interiors are almost as they were
found in 1985, so the decay of the building and its interiors has been halted but not reversed.  Before the
National Trust's work of the late 1980s everything had remained untouched since the 1880s.


Calke Abbey.


The Stables.


The Kitchen Garden.


Water pump.


The Gardeners' Tunnel.


The Ice House.


The Grotto.


The Stables.


The Head Gardener's Office in the Bothy.


The Bothy in the Back Sheds.


The Cellars.


The Cellars.


The Brewhouse.


The Brewhouse.


The Kitchen.


The Kitchen.


The Kitchen.


The Ptinciple Stairs.


The Dining Room.


The Dining Room.


The Dining Room.


The Drawing Room (I think).


The Saloon.


The Saloon.


The Saloon.


Sir Vauncey's Bedroom.


Sir Vauncey's Bedroom.


A rare harpsichord by the Swiss maker Burkhardt Schudi
discovered in a chamber above the stables in 1984.


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