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23. Images of a winter afternoon in Bakewell, Derbyshire

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The sign of "The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop" in the busy market town of Bakewell. A Bakewell Pudding is a jam pastry with an egg and ground almond enriched filling. It should not be confused with a Bakewell Tart which is made with shortcrust pastry, an almond topping and a sponge and jam filling; Mr Kipling also made Cherry Bakewells, often known as Bakewell Tarts too!


You can walk directly up to Bakewell Parish Church up the hill by the fine building of the Rutland Arms Hotel, built in 1804.


The Grade 1 listed building of Bakewell Parish Church whose origins lie deep in the 10th century. Most of the building is derived from the medieval church that was heavily restored in 1841.


Looking towards the south porch doorway with the nave on the left and the south transept on the right.


The much eroded Norman west doorway and the 'ghosts' of two windows from an earlier period of architecture.


Views of the octagonal base of the spire from the west end of the nave and the south porch doorway


Some medieval stone coffins - looks like a queue waiting to enter!

In the south porch there is a large collection of fragments of tombstones-gravestones, capitals from the original Norman doorways or pillars and 'Celtic' Anglo-Saxon crosses - many of which are reproduced below.

The styles are very symmetrical and decorative.
















A key is carved on one of the stone slabs.


On the right some capitals from doorway pillars?


Pre-Norman fragments.

The fine carvings of the 14th century font seems more like an ancient Anglo-Saxon font in character? and carved with figures all the way round - all the figures are reproduced below.











The Twelve Apostles carved in marble above the altar.


One of the many solid buildings in Bakewell.


The entrance to Kings Court which houses several shops, coffee shop and Brasserie.


The 'courtyard' of the Kings Court. The pink Tudor building (genuine?) is set in 18th century surroundings.


The Bakewell Pudding Factory - Pudding Parlour and Shop


"The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop"


The National Park Visitor Centre is in another old stone building and was once the Old Market Hall.


The Castle Inn near the River Wye.


The main five arched road bridge over the River Wye at Bakewell, the first stone bridge was built around 1200 or 1300? but no doubt reinforced since then.


One of the main shopping streets in Bakewell as the afternoon light fails and the Christmas lights show up clearly.


Bakewell Village, Derbyshire, has many places for 'refreshment'. The grand Rutland Arms Hotel (top left) is at the foot of the road upto the Parish Church. The attractive and atmospheric Kings Court (below) includes a Coffee Shop and Brasserie. The Bakewell Pudding Factory - Pudding Parlour and Shop and The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop (both at bottom) do not need further explanation as to what they serve! Down by the river is the small Castle Inn (above) by the bridge. Bakewell is a busy bustling village that is very popular with tourists.


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