Behind the Stable Doors……


Calke Abbey Stable Block, Derbyshire

Hiding behind this Stable Block is a once grand Stately Home.  Grand it may well have been, but for me it is this Stable Block that always attracts me.  It is of course much more than just a Stables.  As part of what was a working estate, there was a Blacksmith, Tack Rooms, Butchery and much more….  it must have been a hive of industry.

Enter through the arched central doorway…  Turn right and you have the Stables for the Squires Horses.


Turn Left and you have the Carriages and Traps from yesteryear.


It is a building full of character. Far from utilitarian in its construction, full of stylish detail, including false doorways to give architectural balance to the frontages

 Exploring old estate building like these, you do gain just a little flavour of what life and work once was like . No doubt tough and hard….. but much better I think, than many of the contemporary workplaces and even some of todays factories.

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th December

(C) David Oakes 2020