Friday, 24 March 2017

Bakewell - Derbyshire

There has been a town at Bakewell for 1300 or 1400 years. It is known that the original Parish Church of All Saints was founded in 920 and the town is featured in the Domesday Book.

Some of the original Saxon origins of the church remain, but it was partially rebuilt in the 12th century and then altered more structurally in 1840.

The architecture is typical of the Peak District and this is another of those places that transform under the glow of the sun. The hill around Bakewell fall quite sharply and rivers combine just before entering the town, so the water is lively and therefore far more interesting. The 5 arch bridge that crosses the River Wye was build early in the 13th century.

Bakewell is mis-known across Britain and abroad for the Bakewell Tart. However, locals would argue that a tart is something different altogether and the true name is the Bakewell Pudding. There are some interesting old shops in Bakewell, two of which claim to be the home of the original Bakewell Pudding, and one the Bakewell Tart!

The town comes alive in the tourist season and particularly on Market Day. There has been a continuous market in Bakewell since 1254.

Church of All Saints

a pudding not a tart

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