The country estates of Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby are known collectively as the Dukeries. Clumber was the seat of the Duke of Newcastle. It was a remnant of Sherwood Forest until he had the estate landscaped in the 18th-century. With an impressive circumference of eleven miles, The Duke created deer parks, woodland, gardens and had the River Poulter dammed to create a long ‘L’ shaped lake, of nearly 100 acres. The house was built overlooking the lake in 1770 and had four wings around a central block. A fire in the late 19th-century destroyed much of the building which was finally demolished in 1938. Today only the stables complex and the Duke’s personal church remain of the original buildings and the whole park was purchased by the National Trust in 1946.
George Washington Wilson took this photograph of the house in 1893. I could have been standing on almost the same spot.
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