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Good Morning Everyone,

This photograph, of the Crescent Buxton, was taken during our TE Get-together, in June, and turned out to be the only window of sunshine in the entire meet.

The Crescent was built between 1780 and 1789 for William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, as part of his scheme to establish Buxton as a fashionable Georgian spa town.

The facade forms an arc of a circle facing southeast. It was built as a unified structure incorporating a hotel, five lodging houses, and a grand assembly room with a fine painted ceiling. The Assembly Rooms became the social heart of 18th-century Buxton.

On the ground floor arcade were shops (including a hair and wig-dresser) and kitchens were in the basement.

In recent times, the western end served as a hotel whilst the eastern end served as council offices, a library and a clinic.

The hotel at the western end closed in the mid-1980s due to the high cost of necessary repairs. Then the whole building was closed, when major structural problems were discovered in the assembly rooms. In the early nineties the whole building was empty.

Developer Trevor Osborne began work on the building in 2012, with the backing of Derbyshire County Council, to turn the building into a luxury hotel and spa. The Council recognised the national importance of the building in general (only the second of its kind in the country) and its importance to Buxton in particular. The work will be completed in 2016.

When we were there, there was high fencing and heavy plant vehicles around the base of The Crescent undertaking the renovation. But, I was determined not to miss an opportunity to capture the building and had to climb up a wall and hillside opposite to grab a shot which did not include the 'works' part!

I hope you get a flavour of this lovely building with its notable curve. It is certainly a building worth saving.

Have a lovely Sunday,
Bev :-)

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