Released: 29 May 2016
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 216 x 138mm
Author: Jessica Garner
This beautiful 32-page, full colour guide book will help visitors get the most out of their visit to the area and makes a wonderful souvenir to share with family and friends.
Areas covered by this guide: Sherwood Forest, Creswell Crags, Clumber Park, Rufford Abbey, Thoresby Hall, Worksop Manor, Hodsock Priory and Welbeck Abbey.
In the north-west of Nottinghamshire, within an hour of Nottingham city centre, lies the area known as the Dukeries. This name has been used since the 18th century to describe an area that once contained four ducal seats. Beginning around twenty miles north of Nottingham and extending ten miles towards Worksop, the Dukeries is a blend of beautiful old country houses, parkland and forest that is unmatched anywhere else in England.
At most points in England’s history, there has been fewer than one ducal family for every two counties. This part of the country is remarkable for having had four in close proximity, and for the fact that the parks belonging to the houses often shared common borders. The sprawling Clumber Park, today run by the National Trust, was owned by the Dukes of Newcastle. Thoresby Hall was the principal seat of the Dukes of Kingston and the Earls Manvers. Welbeck Abbey was founded as a monastery in 1153, and was home to the Dukes of Portland. Worksop Manor, perhaps the grandest of the Dukeries residences in its time, was a seat of the Dukes of Norfolk.
The four great houses are found around the north of Sherwood Forest, which was once three times its current size. What remains of the ancient woodland is today a national park to be enjoyed by all, where the legend of Robin Hood is still going strong. Other notable sites are Rufford Abbey, once the seat of Lord Savile, and Hodsock Priory, home to various great families over the centuries and renowned for its snowdrops and bluebells. And on the edge of Welbeck Estate, the caves of Creswell Crags contain a world-famous collection of Ice Age artefacts. Each site has a unique history, which we invite you to explore through this guide.
Today, the Dukeries are a thriving visitor destination with something for everyone to enjoy. Discover the history of stately mansions and abbeys, explore the surrounding estates on foot or by bicycle, try your hand at jousting at the Robin Hood Festival, or enjoy traditional afternoon tea in one of many fabulous countryside cafes.