National Trust Calke Abbey

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Vivid example of a great house in decline, with extraordinary contents, historic park and restored garden

Calke Abbey is a country house in Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, and a property of the National Trust.

Calke Abbey is a baroque mansion, built between 1701 and 1704. Set in the midst of an impressive landscape park, Calke Abbey is presented as an illustration of the English country house in decline. Little restoration has been done and interiors have remained untouched since the 1880s.

The estate had belonged to the Harpur family from 1622 to 1985. They were baronets from 1626, and the last (Sir Vauncey Harpur-Crewe) died in 1924. The sudden death of Charles Harpur-Crewe (born 1917) in 1981 led to crippling death duties (

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