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Milford Part 06 - Makeney Road continued
w/e 29 March 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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In this final part of our Village Trail around Milford and Makeney, we continued to follow the route of the third Heritage Walk as described in a leaflet downloaded from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage website, along Makeney Road from Forge Cottage.

Forge Steps

Forge StepsForge StepsWe saw in the previous part the site of the ancient forges and Forge Cottage, the home of the forge manager. Opposite the cottage and a little further along is Forge Steps, a row of five houses built end on to the road about 1750 by Walter Mather. The houses unusual in that they were brick-built were for workers at the forges where Mr Mather was the iron master who held the lease.

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Makeney Hall Drive

Blue PlaqueHolly Bush LaneContinuing along Makeney Road we crossed the drive to Makeney Hall seen here (above) looking back for the junction with Holly Bush Lane (right). A Derbyshire County Council Blue Plaque on a stone pillar at the entrance reads "George Herbert Strutt 1854 - 1928 Mill owner and Belper's greatest benefactor. Lived at Makeney Hall from 1876 to 1916". In fact the Hall which is now a hotel, was purchased by Anthony Radford Strutt in 1818 and was home to several members of the family.

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Holly Bush Inn

We crossed the road from the entrance and climbed up the hill of Holly Bush Lane to what the leaflet describes as the "heart of Makeney" where we found the ancient Holly Bush Inn. According to the inn's website it is "a traditional 17th century village inn, where highwayman Dick Turpin is reported to have frequented on his travels" and where you can "step back in time into the quirky layout."

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Holly Bush Lane

The lane which was the old coach road between Derby and Sheffield loops round past the Holly Bush Inn and drops back to Makeney Road.

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Makeney Road

It rejoins Makeney Road near the rear of the Makeney Hall Hotel seen here on the right and we continued from here southwards towards the sun. At the first bend in the road there appears to be a large boulder at the entrance to another property on the left.

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Makeney House Site

The boulder marks the entrance to the site of the original Makeney House. When the Strutts built the Makeney Hall that stands today, this site became the coach house and later a garage for the cars. In fact the downloaded leaflet still refers to a garage but the whole complex has now been redeveloped as residential and holiday homes providing easy access to the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, the Peak District and the rest of Derbyshire. That same leaflet however does reveal that the original Makeney House was the home of John Heath, a notorious Derby banker and scrivener who became bankrupt. Not much changes really, does it?

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Makeney Yard

Next along Makeney Road is the Grade II Listed Makeney Yard, a fifteenth century farmhouse (formerly known as Johnson’s Buildings) that was purchased by the Strutts in 1806 and converted into several individual properties.

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The Terrace

The Strutts were also responsible for building the adjacent terrace of eight back-to-back houses similar to those we saw in the second walk on Hopping Hill. These Grade II Listed properties date from about 1820.

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Makeney Lodge

The end of this walk before retracing our steps along Makeney Road to the start is just beyond Red Lane which ascends the hillside to Holbrook and Bargate but there are still a couple of buildings that deserve a mention. On one corner of Red Lane stands Makeney Lodge, a 1730 property built be Henry Peat and extended by his son in 1783. It later became the home of the Mill manager, a certain Captain Holmes who was residing there in 1852. Later still in the twentieth century it had become the home of H. St John D. Raikes, M.P.

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Red Hill Farm

On the other corner of Red Lane is Red Hill Farm which being built in 1833/4 by Anthony Radford Strutt as multi-functional building is, as one would expect, another Grade II Listed structure. Together with the adjoining cottage the earliest part of which probably dates from the seventeenth century, it was built as a model farm.

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Moscow Farm across the Derwent Valley

This marks the end of this walk around Milford and Makeney but across the valley from Red Hill Farm on the other side of the Derwent is another model farm built by the Strutt Company. That is Moscow Farm which was established in 1815 and which lies alongside the main road from Derby to Belper. That road leads into Milford and the interpretation board at the end of Chevin Road but our way there was to return via Makeney Road.
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