20 Facts About Buxton


Buxton is a spa town in the Borough of High Peak, Derbyshire, England.

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Buxton is twinned with Oignies in France and Bad Nauheim in Germany.

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Buxton called Buxton "La Fontagne de Bogsby" and stayed at the site of the Old Hall Hotel.

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Buxton's profile was boosted by a recommendation from Erasmus Darwin of the waters there and at Matlock, addressed to Josiah Wedgwood I The Wedgwood family often visited Buxton and commended the area to their friends.

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Buxton held a base for British and Canadian troops in the First World War.

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The Royal Engineers based in Buxton used the Pavilion Gardens' lakes for training to build pontoon bridges.

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Buxton has an oceanic climate with short, mild summers and long, cool winters.

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Currey designed the Grade II listed Buxton Baths, comprising the Natural Mineral Baths to the west of The Crescent and Buxton Thermal Baths to the east, which opened in 1854 on the site of the original Roman baths, together with the 1884 Pump Room opposite.

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Buxton is perhaps known best for his design of the Crystal Palace in London.

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Many pubs and inns in Buxton are listed buildings reflecting the historic character of the town, although many buildings have been demolished.

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Buxton Festival, founded in 1979, is an opera and arts event held in July at the Opera House and other venues.

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Buxton's Well Dressing Festival in the week up to the second Saturday in July has been running in its current form since 1840, to mark the provision of fresh water to the high point of the town's marketplace.

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Buxton's economy covers tourism, retail, quarrying, scientific research, light industry and mineral water bottling.

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Buxton is the main centre for overnight accommodation in the Peak District, with over 64 per cent of the park's visitor bed space.

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Potters of Buxton is the town's oldest department store, founded in 1860.

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Buxton Raceway, off the A53 Buxton to Leek road, is a motor sports circuit set up in 1974, hosting banger and stock car racing, as well as drifting events.

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Buxton Raceway was due to hold a floodlit 2019 BriSCA Formula 2 World Final.

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Hoffman Quarry at Harpur Hill, sitting prominently above Buxton, is a local venue for sport climbing.

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Buxton has three Masonic Lodges and a Royal Arch Chapter, which meets at the Masonic Hall, George Street.

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Buxton is mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses at the beginning of chapter 10.

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