The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire, England

The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire, England

The ultimate centrepiece of Buxton, and the fifth Duke of Devonshire's major contribution to Buxton architecture, is the Crescent and this is the view of it from The Slopes. Because of the proximity of the spring, this used to be the centre of attention when Buxton was a thriving spa town. For that reason, the building used to contain three hotels and several baths but was neglected in recent times and has been undergoing restoration in the last few years. As if to emphasise the presence of the spring, you will find St. Anne's Well in front of The Crescent, at the foot of The Slopes. This is one of the rare locations where you take the spa water for free. Incidentally, the dedication of the well to St. Anne is a Christianisation of its previous dedication to the Celtic goddess Santan, a fact that emphasises the history of the place.

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