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Elvaston Castle 5/10

So to Elvaston Castle itself, a Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s, based on the original house dating back to 1633. Wyatt's design, built for the 3rd Earl of Harrington, became home to the Stanhope family until the estate was sold by the then Earl of Harrington to Derbyshire County Council in 1968. The Council have operated it as Elvaston Castle Country Park since then.

 

Elvaston Castle 5/10

So to Elvaston Castle itself, a Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s, based on the original house dating back to 1633. Wyatt's design, built for the 3rd Earl of Harrington, became home to the Stanhope family until the estate was sold by the then Earl of Harrington to Derbyshire County Council in 1968. The Council have operated it as Elvaston Castle Country Park since then.

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Nov 2012, 00:25
I expect one of the Brontes could summon up a decent yarn about this pace, Brian.
Brian Walbey: No doubt they could Ray, it has that gritty Yorkshire look but further south in the Midlands.
It is a majestic old castle Brian and you have framed it very well....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Nov 2012, 06:16
A sober looking place
Brian Walbey: Yes and in great need of repair Chris.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Nov 2012, 06:26
You shoot these grand dames so well, Brian! Seriously. grin
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I have some more to come over the Winter, one is in Dorset, perhaps you might twist Chris's arm to take you there on a future visit, it is a lovely place, and looks like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianaw2010/8208549942/in/photostream
This is a solid structure Brian! Fine capture.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Richard, what a shame it needs a lot of money spent on it that the local authority hasn't got.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Nov 2012, 09:16
Looks like DCC are having a battle holding back nature's progress - some lush foliage in the turret!
Brian Walbey: The DCC are desperately trying to find a buyer because of the money needed to refurbish it. The latest is a hotel chain might buy it but then they might close the whole place to visitors, and the parkland is a very popular place to go being not far from either derby or Nottingham.
Looks in need of some TLC!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Bill, although it has a tearoom, toilets and a decent museum and shop round the other side which makes a visit quite a good day out.
majestic building
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Chantal, what a shame it needs an awful lot of money to be spent that the local council just don't have.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Nov 2012, 10:00
a noble, impressive manor house, but it needs some restoration (as it is already done) -look at the chimney giving place to some green plants!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a shame the local county council haven't the money in these difficult times for the refurbishment it so desperately needs.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 23 Nov 2012, 10:44
This huge building simply drawers the scaffolding .
Brian Walbey: Yes it dose Chad, I think more scaffolding will be needed as time goes on.
Great capture of a fine building Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred, shame it needs a lot of TLC though.
It must have been very grand in the Earl of Harrington's day. They seem to be keeping up together
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a shame to see such a fine house looking a bit sad.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Nov 2012, 16:41
At least this way many more (and we shutterchancers, too) can share in it
Brian Walbey: That's true Lisl.
A fine old building which will look grand when fully restored.Are they weeds growing out of the turret?
Brian Walbey: Yes they are weeds, there might be many more before this place is back to its earlier splendour.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Nov 2012, 17:37
Not a bad pile, looks a little unloved though.
Brian Walbey: Yes the Derby County Council are trying to sell it but have so far not done a deal with anybody.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Nov 2012, 17:57
Nice symmetry Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
Mmm - it looks like a council run castle - totally neglected!
Brian Walbey: I guess it seemed a good idea to buy it many years ago but nowadays "the cuts" mean funds to look after it are very few, mind you Derby County Council seems to have plenty of money for all sorts of other hairbrained schemes t=it seems.
A grand looking building, Brian - I like this shot! smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, lets hope someone gives it the TLC needed before long.
There's a sombre looking pile, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is need of a lot of restorative work Graeme which Derby County Council just cannot afford.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Nov 2012, 08:08
I bet this was a nightmare to heat in winter.. so many windows! I hope that the Council can look after it with all the budget restrictions in place now.
Brian Walbey: Yes it looks the sort of place that would be forever cold. The Council are trying to sell it, latest story is that a hotel chain might buy it which might mean the parkland and everywhere else on the estate might be closed to visitors, and this place is very popular indeed for afternoons out.

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