From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Calke Abbey
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Derbyshire
52° 47′ 59″ N, 1° 27′ 21″ W
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Calke Abbey is a grade I listed country house close to Ticknall in Derbyshire. It is in the care of the National Trust.

The site was once the location of an Augustinian priory, a cell of Repton Priory, from the 12th century until it was dissolved in 1538 by King Henry VIII.

The house was built in between 1701 - 4 in a Baroque style, only named Calke Abbey in 1808. The house was owned by the Harpur family for almost 300 years, until it was passed to the national trust in 1985. Before the National Trust's work of the late 1980s everything had remained untouched since the 1880s.

Today, the house is open to the public and many of its rooms are displayed in the state of decline in which the house was handed to the National Trust. The surrounding landscape park features as a walled garden, with a flower garden and a former physic garden, now managed as a kitchen garden. The ancient deer park of the Calke Abbey Estate is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.