Burton Closes, Burton Close Drive, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Burton Closes, Burton Close Drive, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Photograph taken 20 April 2001 © Ms Julie Woodhouse LRPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 468069

Burton Closes was built as a summer villa around 1845-48 in Tudor Gothic style. It was built for John Allcard, a banker and stockbroker, to a design by Paxton and John Robertson. The interior fittings were designed by AWN Pugin and carried out by JG Crace, Minton, Hardman and George Myers. It has been described as a 'virtual epitome of early Victorian visual taste'. It was extended around 1856-58 and again in 1888. John Allcard occupied the house with his unmarried daughter. He died in 1856 and the estate passed to his son William, a railway engineer who had eleven children. On his death in 1858 it passed to his son William Henry Allcard, a barrister. The family lost its wealth in the stock market crash of 11 May 1866 'Black Friday'. The house finally passed from the family in 1871.

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