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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

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