Saving the Crescent and the Fifth Duke’s vision

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05/11/2021 19:30 - 21:00
St. Mary's Church Hall
Address: Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

Speaker: Richard Tuffrey

The future of Buxton’s Grade I listed Crescent started to attract concern with the closure of the St Ann’s Hotel in 1989.  The project to save the Crescent has been a long and difficult one but has finally been completed enabling the hotel and spa to fully trade from May this year.  The presentation will set out the history of the building and how it lay at the centre of the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s vision to create a new Georgian spa town in the north.  It will explain why the project took so long to complete and how, today, the Crescent lies at the heart of Buxton’s aspiration to become an internationally recognised spa town once again.

Richard is a town planner and urban designer with a long experience of working on heritage issues in local government.  He formerly worked for High Peak Borough Council and, before that, in Nottinghamshire and the North East.  He was also a Director of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum for whom he authored publications on heritage led regeneration and conservation area management. Since retiring from local government in 2018, he has been acting as the Special Advisor to the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust.  He was awarded an MBE for services to heritage in 2020.

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