2 January 2015

Lodge

This is Warren Lodge. It sits beneath a Derbyshire millstone escarpment known as Curbar Edge. It was erected in 1877 under the instructions of The Earl of Rutland. And why is it called Warren Lodge? Quite simply because it was where the estate's main rabbit warren was located. It housed the head rabbit keeper whose job was to ensure that when the Earl and his aristocratic chums decided they wanted to shoot rabbits there would be plenty to blast away at. It is reported that on Boxing Day 1933, four bloodthirsty men dispatched over 700 rabbits in the vicinity of Warren Lodge. It sits high above the valley of the River Derwent near the villages of Curbar and Calver and I stopped to photograph it this very afternoon as the bright winter sun was beginning to sink over the western peaks.

17 comments:

  1. It looks well maintained. Certainly has a nice view. How much did you say you paid for it YP?

    And why are those fields green? Isn't it Winter there?

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    1. We had snow for three or four days and then it melted away. It's always green underneath.

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    2. Frost makes our grass go brown !

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    3. Brown? Well that must be something else under your frost! Now what could it be? What's brown?

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  2. Curbar Edge looks like a great place for walking. It also looks like there are a lot of old homes in England called (something) Warren Lodge. Like the view but I hope somebody does something about that white front entrance. Horrid! In my humble opinion, of course.

    Did you know Derwent means "valley thick with oaks?" (Been snowed in today so doing some surfing on the web.)

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    1. Thank you PTGAWS. In all the years I've been in and around Derwents it never occurred to me to look up what the word meant.

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    2. I agree that the PVC entrance porch is out of character with the building.
      There is another River Derwent in Yorkshire and near Malton which sits on that river there was a Roman settlement called Derventia. Once England was heavily wooded.

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  3. Stunning! Is is a private residence now? Nicely placed with a fabulous view. I'm with Peace Thyme - that white front entrance spoils the effect.

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    1. I swill push a note through their letter box telling them to get rid of the PVC entrance as it is offensive to American bloggers.

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    2. You do that Mr. P. Although it is probably owned now by a foreigner. I can't imagine a proper Englishman doing that to that stately, old, grand house!

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  4. I have passed this house hundreds of times and always liked it. I even failed to pass it once as I fell from my motorbike on the bend.

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    1. Adrian you do manage to fall off or out of things in some very exotic places!

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    2. Adrian - down in "The Bridge Inn" Curbar they say you had a skinful before jumping on your moped that near fateful day! Silly billy!

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  5. Pretty spot. It's a lovely part of the world.

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  6. It's a beautiful place I wouldn't mind owning... but nobody with a shotgun would be allowed to come near. I know rabbits can be a big problem if their population is left unchecked, but shooting 700 of them in a few hours "for fun" is simply mass murder.

    Does your having taken this photo three days ago mean you are well enough to go for country walks again?

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  7. Nice looking place. I am fond of Derbyshire. Do you have a google followers widget? I tend to use that.

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