Area of the week: Buxton
by Housesimple on 3rd March 2017
It's not just the geothermal springs that draw both home buyers and tourists to Buxton. This market town is also happily surrounded by the rolling hills of the Peak District, and is even home to a good bit of classic Georgian property. With these things in mind, it's easy to see why detached family homes are in high demand in this picturesque English town.
A long and rich history
The Romans loved picking out hotspots for their bathhouses, and Buxton was another great ancient find of theirs in AD80. This settlement became famous for its hot springs along the River Wye, which emerge at a balmy temperature of around 28°C. When the Romans left, the area was instead used by pilgrims who believed that ‘taking the water’ could help treat conditions like rheumatism.
In the late 18th century, Buxton grew as plans were drawn up to try and make it rival other spa towns like Bath. The railway then brought crowds of fashionable Victorian health tourists to its springs, before its hydrotherapy industry took a dip after the First World War. Today, Buxton is a cultural centre sat in the middle of a nature-lover's paradise.
Capital of the Peak District
Known as the ‘cultural capital of the Peak District’ or even just as ‘Festival Town’, Buxton becomes a cultural hub of activity during the summer months. As one of the UK's leading arts festivals, the annual Buxton Festival is a two-week extravaganza of literary events, concerts, recitals and opera performances. Another big favourite is the Buxton Festival Fringe, which brings together a showcase of films, drama, dance and music to perform over a fortnight. For families with young kids, the Buxton Family Festival offers all sorts of fun activities and learning experiences over a period of 17 days during the summer holidays.
An architectural gem of a town
Last year, Buxton was listed 9th on The Sunday Times ' list of the top 50 places to live in Britain. Thanks largely to its impressive period and grade-listed buildings, the town was described as 'Derbyshire’s answer to Bath'. The Crescent – a Georgian landmark inspired by Bath’s famous Royal Crescent – is the town’s iconic centrepiece. Buxton’s Edwardian Opera House and neighbouring Pavilion Gardens (which offer 23 acres of tree-lined walks) are also local highlights.