About this image
Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed building and a property of the National Trust. The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII.
The present building called Calke Abbey was never actually an abbey, but is rather a Baroque mansion, built between 1701 and 1704. The name Calke Abbey was given to the house in 1808.
The text below the image reads:
"This south west view of Calke Abbey is by permission most respectfully dedicated to Sir George Crewe Bart. by his obligued and faithful servant Stephen Glover."
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.