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Tea Dance at Osmaston Manor, Osmaston, Ashbourne, c 1900-10
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The couple dancing in the centre (man with bowler hat and moustache) are Mr and Mrs Gettcliffe.
Osmaston Manor was once a splendid mock tudor manor house in a superb setting amongst trees and lakes. Designed by Derby architect Henry Stevens and built between 1846 and 1849, the building was remarkable for incorporating many novel features, including a subterranean tramway, hot-air central heating, and a method of drawing smoke from all the fireplaces downwards into a main horizontal flue before ejecting it into a communal chimney in a 150 ft high tower standing in the kitchen garden.
It was demolished in 1964 when the owner at the time, Sir John Walker, moved to Okeover near Mappleton and took the Okeover family name.
All that remains is the tower and a saw mill with its original water wheel.
Photographic copy of a postcard