Calke Abbey

A rare Sunday free and so we jumped in the car and headed for Calke Abbey.

It’s a National Trust property in South Derbyshire and calls itself the unstately stately home. It was my second visit, but I’m still yet to go inside. There’s enough fun to be had exploring the gardens, old sheds and boiler houses and the stables.

It’s a photographers dream, with many of the old gardener’s buildings apparently abandoned, but filled with rusting tools and woodworm-ridden furniture.

It’s perhaps more camera-club friendly than my usual subject matter, but it was still a fun morning, chasing Emily around the place.

The house.L1003518

The stables.L1003517L1003516

A display of snowdrop varieties – there are more than you might have imagined!L1003520

The gardener’s sheds.L1003521L1003523L1003524L1003526L1003532L1003549

The palm room.L1003537

A hidden tunnel.


All pictures snapped with a Leica M9 Monochrom and 35mm Summicron-M ASPH.

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