Bretby means "The dwelling place of Britons" and its believed to be the site of a major battle between the Danes and kingdom of Mercia in AD880.
We hoped to see where the castle was sited and whats left of Bretby Hall.
We parked at the village green next to the old water pump and set off down the footpath marked Bretby Hall. One of the houses overlooking the green was a school opened for scholars in 1806.
|Village water pump|
The present hall was built around 1812 to a design by Sir Jeffry Wyatville. Benjamin Disraeli was a regular visitor to the Hall.
Again the hall passed onto some notable families and in particular the 5th Earl of Carnarvon (the Egyptologist ). He sold off parts of the estate to fund Howard Carter who discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun. The Carvarvons never lived at Bretby Hall but they did visit regularly. The Carnarvons lived in Highclere which is now famous for being Downton Abbey in the hit TV series.
The hall was sold to Derbyshire County Council in 1926 and was used as an orthopaedic hospital until the 1990's. It has now been developed into luxury apartments.
Bretby park is also well know for top quality pheasant shoots.
|Impressive front to Bretby Hall|
|Nice gates, but don't know where the road went to|
|One of the lakes next to the hall|
|This tree must be at least 6 feet wide.|
|Lovely leafy track|
|Sail boat weather vane|
|Back to the car parked at the village green.|