Norbury Manor is a 15th-century Elizabethan manor house and the adjoining 13th-century stone-built medieval Norbury Hall, known as The Old Manor in Norbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. It is a Grade I listed building.
The manor was owned by the Fitzherbert family from the 12th century and the manor house built by William Fitzherbert in the mid-14th century is remarkably well preserved. The Old Manor is noted for its architectural features including a rare king post, medieval fireplace, a Tudor door and some 17th-century Flemish glass.
The adjoining Tudor house was built by Ralph Fitzherbert in the mid-15th century and rebuilt in about 1680, but retains many of the original features.
The accompanying gardens include a parterre herb garden.
Darwin purchased a medieval half-timbered building on the west side of the lower courtyard of the Vicars Choral in 1758. From 1758-1759 Darwin converted the building into a large Georgian town house of red brick with stucco dressings and Venetian windows. At this time the front of the house was separated from Beacon Street by a narrow deep ditch which once formed the moat of the Cathedral Close. Darwin built a bridge across the ditch descending from his hall door to the street. The ditch was overgrown with tangled bushes, which Darwin cleared and made a terrace on the bank. He planted the ditch with lilacs and rose bushes which screened his terrace from passers by. After Darwin left in 1781 the next owner filled in the ditch to make a driveway from the street to his doorway.
Eyam Hall (National Trust) July 2017
The Wright family were landowners in Eyam although the family was based in Longstone. William Wright gave his land in Eyam to his second son Thomas who is credited with building the hall. Thomas's son John sold his father's house in Unthank and based his branch of the family in Eyam. The hall began life as a generous wedding present in 1671 for John Wright and his new wife Elizabeth. It has been in the Wright family for nine generations (in 2013) and its last use was as a wedding venue. The house is still owned by descendants of the original owners, and it is the first house that has been leased rather than given to the National Trust. The historic house is situated in picturesque part of Derbyshire and is an unspoilt example of a gritstone Jacobean manor house. The National Trust opened the hall and garden to the public in March 2013.
Backstage tour of Derby Theatre July 2017
Well here we are again posting about our new adventure around Derby's main Theatre attached to the Intu building, on Saturday afternoon/evening just after the matinee had finished. We started in the Alan Bates Room where we were treated to tea and bickies and a great explanation of what it's like to work behind the scenes at the theatre and the long long hours to get a production up and running. Then backstage we saw where the orchestra are perched and also up in the roof where the staging is "flown" around. All in all a brilliant afternoon out and an incredibly informative experience. So thanks are due in abundance to Mary (big round of applause) for organising. The girls names are Leanne and Ellie. Oh almost forgot to say the last one is of the cast of Phantom of the opera, which was about to embark on it's last night.