DERBYSHIRE HERITAGE Derbyshire Peak District - higger-tor

Buxton stables
Buxton stables Buxton stables dome

Above the crescent, on the west side, the 6th Duke of Devonshire built a fine circular set of stables, which he gave to charity in 1859 to be converted into the Devonshire Royal Hospital. The architect, Henry Curry, covered the circular exercise area in the centre of the stables with a huge iron-framed dome covered in slate.

Until recently this was the largest unsupported dome in the world.The hospital closed about 2000 and the building was converted by the University of Derby, as the centrepiece of their Buxton campus.

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