Ilam

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Ilam lies at the lower end of the River Manifold and is one of the prettiest villages in this area of the Peak, with one of the longest histories. The current village was moved in the 1820s by Jesse Watts-Russell from its position near Ilam Hall and rebuilt in its current location in what Watts-Russell considered to be 'Alpine style'. This explains both the unusual style of the buildings and the surprising distance between them and the village church. The centre of the village is dominated by a memorial cross similar to Charing Cross, erected by Jesse Watts-Russell in 1840 to commemorate his wife, Mary.

The village was inhabited in Saxon times and the church incorporates some Saxon stonework as well as the tomb of the Saxon saint, Bertram, who lived as a hermit in this area. In 1004 the village was given to Burton on Trent Abbey and a small monastic settlement was established here - after the dissolution of the monasteries this was purchased by the Port family who owned the estate for the next 300 years and established the first Ilam Hall, which was torn down and rebuilt in grand style by Jesse Watts-Russell in the 1820s. The main part of his hall was demolished in the 1930s, but the remaining section is a Youth Hostel and the whole estate now belongs to the National Trust.

At the hall there are tea rooms and a National Trust Information centre, plus a very well-appointed National Trust caravan site.

Throwley Hall
Throwley Hall
Three kilometres to the north-west, up the Manifold Valley, lies Throwley Hall, where the ruins of a fine Elizabethan manor house stand next to its less charismatic 18th century replacement. The manor house was built in 1603 for Simon Meverell, a scion of the Meverell family to whom Throwley belonged from 1203 to the mid 17th century. The house passed to Charles Cotton on his marriage to the widow of the last of the Meverells, but was later allowed to go to ruin. What remains is currently being made safe and restored by English Heritage.

Like Castern on the hillside opposite, Throwley was once a small agricultural village but rural depopulation has left just the hall, which is actually a large farm specialising in raising beef cattle.
 

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Ilam Church
0 - Ilam Church
Ilam Church - the Saxon font
1 - Ilam Church - the Saxon font
Ilam Church - Pike Watts tomb
2 - Ilam Church - Pike Watts tomb
Ilam Hall - Saxon cross
3 - Ilam Hall - Saxon cross
Ilam Hall
4 - Ilam Hall
Dovedale from below Thorpe Cloud
5 - Dovedale from below Thorpe Cloud
Dovedale - The Stepping Stones
6 - Dovedale - The Stepping Stones
Dovedale - The Stepping Stones on a busy day
7 - Dovedale - The Stepping Stones on a busy day
Dovedale - The Twelve Apostles
8 - Dovedale - The Twelve Apostles
Thorpe Cloud from the river Dove
9 - Thorpe Cloud from the river Dove
Thorpe Cloud - The view up Dovedale
10 - Thorpe Cloud - The view up Dovedale
Thorpe Cloud - Descending towards Lindale
11 - Thorpe Cloud - Descending towards Lindale
Dovedale - Tissington Spires
12 - Dovedale - Tissington Spires
Dovedale - Reynards Cave
13 - Dovedale - Reynards Cave
Dovedale - Ilam Rock
14 - Dovedale - Ilam Rock
Blore Church
15 - Blore Church
Dovedale view from Blore Pastures
16 - Dovedale view from Blore Pastures
Ilam Hall - Saxon cross
17 - Ilam Hall - Saxon cross
Ilam - houses
18 - Ilam - houses
Blore Church - Bassett tomb
19 - Blore Church - Bassett tomb
Manifold Valley from Throwley
20 - Manifold Valley from Throwley
Manifold Valley - dried up river
21 - Manifold Valley - dried up river
Throwley Old Hall
22 - Throwley Old Hall
Ilam - St Bertrand's Bridge
23 - Ilam - St Bertrand's Bridge
Ilam Church - Tomb of St Bertram
24 - Ilam Church - Tomb of St Bertram
Ilam Hall
25 - Ilam Hall
Ilam Cross
26 - Ilam Cross

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