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Derby(shire)

Steve Stamford | Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle was once the seat of the Harrington family and now in the hands of Derbyshire County Council. It has long stood mainly empty as plans for its future have come and gone - the only part in regular use is a tea room. The white structure on the roof is a greenhouse - a relic of the days when gentlefolk collected and grew rare specimens of plant.
Steve Stamford | Clough and Taylor 1

Clough and Taylor 1

Outside the Pride Park stadium is this bronze statue celebrating the partnership that Clough and Taylor had that included the 1972 league championship.
Steve Stamford | Magpie Mine chimney

Magpie Mine chimney

In the back of beyond, just past the middle of nowhere lies the now abandoned Magpie Mine. Now being preserved by a dedicated team it makes for a very informative - and free - visit
Steve Stamford | Eagle stone

Eagle stone

This rather large rock is the Eagle Stone and can be found at Baslow Edge in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Steve Stamford | Barn and tree

Barn and tree

In the back and beyond of the Derbyshire Peak District you will find many abandoned barns, left to dereliction by a combination of farmer not needing them and planners refusing planning permission for any other use.
Steve Stamford | Clough and Taylor 4

Clough and Taylor 4

Outside the Pride Park stadium is this bronze statue celebrating the partnership that Clough and Taylor had that included the 1972 league championship.
Steve Stamford | Clough and Taylor 2

Clough and Taylor 2

Outside the Pride Park stadium is this bronze statue celebrating the partnership that Clough and Taylor had that included the 1972 league championship.
Steve Stamford | Clough and Taylor 3

Clough and Taylor 3

Outside the Pride Park stadium is this bronze statue celebrating the partnership that Clough and Taylor had that included the 1972 league championship.
Steve Stamford | Bakewell bridge

Bakewell bridge

Bakewell bridge crosses the river Wye and is probably one of the most famous and recognised structures in Bakewell.
Steve Stamford | Doll Tor and more

Doll Tor and more

Believed to have been built some 3 - 4,000 years ago Doll Tor is a scheduled ancient monument in the Peak district of Derbyshire. As with all things of this age its purpose is speculation though it would seem fair to assume it to have been an important ritual site. The only firm evidence for earlier use is as a burial / cremation site and several cremation urns have been recovered. This image has been digitally manipulated.
Steve Stamford | Mill stones

Mill stones

In the Peak National Park you can find many mill stones, some just started, some nearly finished and everything in between. All it took was one crack and that was it - wasted. This one looked very nearly done but for whatever reason never made it to a mill.
Steve Stamford | Howden dam

Howden dam

Howden dam is one of two that control water along the river Derwent in Peak District National Park. Made famous by their use as practice targets for the Dam Buster Squadron it is today a very popular tourist site. Seen here 'over-topping' after a very wet winter.
Steve Stamford | Derwent dam

Derwent dam

Derwent dam is one of two that control water along the river Derwent in Peak District National Park. Made famous by their use as practice targets for the Dam Buster Squadron it is today a very popular tourist site. Seen here 'over-topping' after a very wet winter.
Steve Stamford | Lumsdale falls

Lumsdale falls

Lumsdale is now a beautiful secluded valley in Derbyshire situated between Chesterfield and Matlock. In its heyday though it was a bustling centre of industry as the steep sided valley provided a fast flowing and powerful stream that was harvested to power several mills producing a range of goods.
Steve Stamford | Peak District winter

Peak District winter

Snow in the Peak District National Park of Derbyshire. Whenever you hear 'snow on the hills' in a weather forecast this is where they mean. Such trees as do grow here remain low to the ground and as you can see here bend to the prevailing winds.
Steve Stamford | Peak District footpath

Peak District footpath

Sign to a public footpath in the snow covered Peak District in Derbyshire
Steve Stamford | Ladybower reservoir

Ladybower reservoir

Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Steve Stamford | Bentley Brook waterfall

Bentley Brook waterfall

Just outside the town of Matlock in Derbyshire there is an unassuming little lane that leads to an amazing place called Lumsdale. Lumsdale was in its day a major industrial area, powered by a series of water mills sited along the Bentley Brook. Long since abandoned, nature is now taking things back. This is Bentley Brook - meandering through the autumn colours, now unhindered.
Steve Stamford | Waterfall at Lumsdale

Waterfall at Lumsdale

Lumsdale is now a beautiful secluded valley in Derbyshire situated between Chesterfield and Matlock. In its heyday though it was a bustling centre of industry as the steep sided valley provided a fast flowing and powerful stream that was harvested to power several mills producing a range of goods
Steve Stamford | Peak district barn

Peak district barn

The Peak District is littered with such barns. Too small to be of use in modern farming styles and planning permission being rarely granted for alternative uses they are just left to fall into disrepair.
Steve Stamford | Ashford bridge 2

Ashford bridge 2

This delightful little bridge is in the village of Ashford in the Water in Derbyshire. A popular tourist spot in summer, particularly on a warm, sunny day.
Steve Stamford | Ashford bridge

Ashford bridge

This delightful little bridge is in the village of Ashford in the Water in Derbyshire. Most people photograph it from the other side as there is an easy path however a gentle paddle or careful use of small stepping stones gives this rather pleasing result.
Steve Stamford | Magpie Mine 2

Magpie Mine 2

Magpie Mine is a now abandoned (1950s) lead mine that is in the care of a dedicated team of folk who are preserving it and doing enough to keep it in preservation. No intentions of re-opening it, however you can visit the site on advertised open days. Located near Sheldon, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Steve Stamford | Peak District Barn

Peak District Barn

The Peak District of Derbyshire has many, many such abandoned barns. Planners won't allow conversion to accommodation, farmers don't need them - so they are left to fall down.
Steve Stamford | The Old Cheese Shop

The Old Cheese Shop

Hartington is a small village in Derbyshire and famous for cheese - Stilton cheese to be more precise as it is the only Derbyshire based Stilton cheese manufacturer. This shop in the centre of the village offers not only Stilton but a range of other artisan cheeses too
Steve Stamford | Chrome Hill 1

Chrome Hill 1

Chrome hill is in the Peak District in Derbyshire and is seen here from the adjacent village of Earl Sterndale. A concessionary path runs over the top and when viewed large people may be seen in this image.
Steve Stamford | Chrome Hill 2

Chrome Hill 2

Chrome hill is in the Peak District in Derbyshire and is seen here from the adjacent village of Earl Sterndale. A concessionary path runs over the top and when viewed large people may be seen in this image.
Steve Stamford | Chrome Hill 3

Chrome Hill 3

Chrome hill is in the Peak District in Derbyshire and is seen here from the adjacent village of Earl Sterndale. A concessionary path runs over the top and when viewed large people may be seen in this image.
Steve Stamford | Hartington village pond 2

Hartington village pond 2

Hartington is a small village in Derbyshire and famous for cheese - Stilton cheese to be more precise as it is the only Derbyshire based Stilton cheese manufacturer. Adjacent to the shop and centre of the village is this rather lovely pond complete with reeds and ducks.
Steve Stamford | Hartington village pond

Hartington village pond

Hartington is a small village in Derbyshire and famous for cheese - Stilton cheese to be more precise as it is the only Derbyshire based Stilton cheese manufacturer. Adjacent to the shop and centre of the village is this rather lovely pond complete with reeds and ducks.
Steve Stamford | Derby swing bridge

Derby swing bridge

There are long term plans to make the river through Derby navigable once more and this pedestrain swing bridge forms part of those plans