Saturday, 23 January 2010

Melbourne... where?

Back over the border from Leicestershire into Derbyshire, is Melbourne. Believe it or not, the Australian city was named after this small town.

Melbourne Hall began life as the Rectory for the Norman parish church (right next door), was taken over by Sir John Coke in 1628, had formal gardens added by Rt. Hon. Thomas Coke in the early 18th century and is still home to the family descendants today.
The Hall can be visited only in August; the gardens are open only in summer...

... but there's no restriction to the Pool!
Just remember your bag of bread and prepare to be popular!

1 comment:

  1. lol
    I love the bit about take a loaf of bread and 'prepare to be popular'.