Dining Room, the Crescent Hotel


Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office
Matlock, United Kingdom

The Crescent Hotel was in the Western end of the the Crescent. This is the part of the building that includes the ballroom also known as the Assembly Room. Here the room is being used as the hotel's main dining room.

The hotel closed in the early 1900s. Later the room was used to house Buxton's library until 1992.

The 5th Duke of Devonshire commissioned the Crescent around 1779. His aim was to turn Buxton into a fashionable Georgian spa town, like Bath. The centrepiece of this transformation was to be the Crescent, comprising two hotels, lodging houses, thermal baths and an Assembly Room where balls and concerts could be held. The Duke commissioned the architect John Carr to design the building in the fashionable neo-classical style. It is not known exactly when the Crescent was completed but balls commenced in the Assembly Room in 1788.

The Crescent, a Grade I listed building, which had been vacant for over 2 decades, underwent essential repair work in the 1990s. In 2003 the ‘Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa project’ was launched by High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In 2020 the Crescent finally opened its doors once again as a 5-star spa hotel.


  • Title: Dining Room, the Crescent Hotel
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1900
  • Location: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
  • Location Created: Buxton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Provenance: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (DERSB:2004.45.74)
  • Subject Keywords: Architecture, Hydropathy, Health, Tourism

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