Tour: Georgian Bakewell – The Rise of the Professional Classes
Find aout about Bakewell's Georgian past through this guided tour.
The development of turnpike roads, which reached Bakewell in 1759 promoted the increase in coach travel. The Duke of Rutland saw the potential of Bakewell as a coaching town and spa. He built a fine set of stables in 1805 to allow a change of horses and a new Rutland Arms Hotel to accommodate passengers. The old bath house was updated for visitors to take the waters.
The Duke of Rutland’s agent, lawyers, doctors and bankers built their houses in Bakewell and provided services for the increasing population.
The parish church, no longer able to withstand the weight of stone on its twelfth century foundations, lost its spire and octagon tower. Significant alterations followed later in the nineteenth century.
This guided walking through the centre of town displays the advent of gracious Georgian architecture in Bakewell. It covers the growth of the medical area, the schools needed to educate the children of professional people, sons and daughters and the changes in church architecture.
The walk covers half a mile and lasts about 1½ hours.
It is part of a series of two special tours offered as part of Derbyshire Georgian Festival 2023.
Starts 1.30 outside the Visitor Centre.
£6.00 per person.
Bakewell Old House Museum
Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1DD
Tue 19 Sep to Tue 3 October