I recently visited Calke Abbey, near Derby. The National Trust describes it as an ‘un-stately home’, which, I think, is a perfect description for a building that has been slowly abandoned over many decades as the family that owned it declined and became smaller and smaller. As it did so, sections of the building were systematically abandoned until only a few rooms were left in use.
The National Trust has preserved the building in the state it found it, ensuring it wouldn’t deteriorate, while leaving its story visible to all.
It’s a truly fascinating building and a great place to photograph. It’s also somewhere I will be returning to as I’m more sure I’ll see different things on every visit.