right and proceed down the drive to Roystone Grange and enter an area steeped in history. See textured and weathered limestone in the drystone walls hereabouts, said to be some of the oldest in Derbyshire.
It is known that there was a Roman presence here, evidenced by the occasional large ‘orthostat’ stones (mostly rounded in shape) that can be found in the base of some walls. Built in as straight a line as possible, through a landscape peppered with exposed rocks, at times the walls were laid over the top of them. Leicestershire during the 12th century, and one of the earliest Cistercian monasteries in England. Founded in
1133 in Charnwood Forest, Garendon acquired two further estates, at Biggin and Heathcote.
Land hereabouts was farmed by monks to raise huge flocks of sheep, mainly for their fleeces. There are still sheep dotted about as far as the eye can see, but the monks have long since gone due to Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Farm dog on guard duty