Calke Abbey

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Locations, Photography | No Comments

Calke Abbey is a Grade 1 listed house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, now owned by the National Trust. From the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII the site was originally an Augustinian priory. 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 Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties. Today, the house is open to the public and many of its rooms are deliberately displayed in the state of decline in which the house was handed to the Trust.

From a photographic point of view it offers a variety of opportunities. The house itself is fabulous for still life, and the garden/grounds offer landscape, wildlife and flowers/plants to be photographed. There are a number of walks/paths and a walled garden and church to provide points of interest. It also makes a fabulous location for portrait/fashion shots although you would need to be a little discreet. I would allow 3-4 hours to visit properly.

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