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Sudbury-The Vernon Arms

Sudbury-The Vernon Arms

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At the southern most part of the Derbyshire Dales, a delightful former estate village to nearby Sudbury Hall.

Charming rows of red-bricked cottages and gabled houses line the main street, once the busy main Derby road, the village is more peaceful now it is bypassed by the A50. The Vernon Arms, named after the family who built the nearby hall, is a reminder of the days when the village was a staging post for mail-coaches. Sudbury Hall is a splendid late 17th Century mansion, with sumptuous interiors, formal gardens, deer cote and lakeside meadows; it is now a National Trust property. The 14th Century church of All Saints stands in lovely grounds and has a window presented by Queen Victoria. To the north of the village is a site most people would avoid visiting - the Sudbury Open Prison.

Things to do; Sudbury Hall is one of Derbyshire's finest stately homes, often being featured in films and on television. Also at the Hall is the Museum of Childhood, which has a reconstructed Victorian schoolroom and nursery and is a treasure trove of old toys and games. The village has a combined shop and post office, pubs and sporting facilities.

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