THE OLD HOUSE MUSEUM
Bakewell Old House Museum is well worth seeking out, hidden away as it is behind the church. Originally a Parsonage, it was later converted into six cottages by Sir Richard Arkwright, another four cottages were accommodated in the adjacent barn, to house his workers at Lumford Mill. It is now one of the best-preserved 15th century houses in the country, but only 50 years ago it was nearly demolished, the local council having served a ‘Demolition Order’. There was an outcry locally and the house was eventually saved and restored to its former glory by the Bakewell Historical Society. It is now a fascinating folk museum worth climbing up the hill to visit.
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and contains anenthralling collection of items from the Bakewell area, displayed to show aspects of local and social history in the neighbourhood. Displays are featured which bring back memories for many visitors and are full interest for everyone. Visitors are attracted to the museum from all over the world, as well as from Bakewell.
The museum collection has been built up over many years with the help of local people and those from further away. A selection of the many things to look out for are:
Some of the displays change from year to year. The above are listed from information for 2008.
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THE OLD HOUSE MUSEUM BAKEWELL
Bakewell Old House Museum: (Tel 01629 813642) built in Henry VIII’s reign, this splendid little museum is packed with interesting exhibits. The museum recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
Opening times for the 2008 season are from 11.00am until 4.00pm daily from March 21st until October 31st. Small admission charge.
museum is located at Cunningham Place, Bakewell
SPECIAL DISPLAY 2008
From 21st March - 31st October 2008: "A Century of Wedding Dresses." A romantic and nostalgic exhibition featuring costumes with Derbyshire connections. A variety of dresses are displayed in a range of unusual shades and include 1940's WW2 outfits in pink crepe and oyster silk. A rare Quakers dress, dove-grey blue and other exquisite costumes including a 1840's "Jane Eyre" dress in grosgrain silk with boned bodice.
THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
Provides a wide range of features with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.
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Set in an enviable location on the banks of the River Wye, in the heart of the Peak District, is the picturesque old market town of Bakewell.
Visitors flock to Bakewell in the summer, to shop and explore its many nooks and cranies, to admire its fine buildings, or just relax and feed the ducks by the lovely, clear, sparkling waters of the River Wye.
This is an exhilarating walk through high pastures and woodland returning along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell’s former railway station.
You join The Monsal Trail at Coombs Road viaduct, the eastern terminal of the trail. The Peak National Park, following the closure of The Midland Railway in 1968, established the footpath.
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