You should be able to see the Devonshire Dome across the road from where you are standing – one of the most prominent buildings in Buxton.
The image below shows the building before the 1880s. Can you spot the difference?
The famous dome hadn’t been added when the this photograph was taken. The image shows the building before this momentous change in the 1880s.
The building was originally designed for the 5th Duke of Devonshire in the late 1700s. It provided stables for the horses of guests at the nearby Crescent Hotel.
In 1859 the Buxton Bath Charity persuaded the Dukes of Devonshire to allow part of the building into a hospital. The rest of the building was still a stables!
Use of the whole building as a hospital was granted in 1881. Local architect Robert Rippon Duke was commissioned to redesign the building – adding the now-famous dome. At the time it was the large unsupported dome in the world.
Today the Devonshire Dome is home to the Buxton campus of the University of Derby.