Monday March 19th
I drove over to Thorpe Cloud to take my monthly photo and spent the day driving around the Manifold Valley.

This was my second visit to Ilam, the sun was low in the sky and was highlighting the undulations in the fields.

Ilam lies at the lower end of the River Manifold and is one of the prettiest villages in this area of the Peak, with one of the longest histories. The current village was moved in the 1820s by Jesse Watts-Russell from its position near Ilam Hall and rebuilt in its current location in what Watts-Russell considered to be ‘Alpine style’.

The centre of the village is dominated by a memorial cross similar to Charing Cross, erected by Jesse Watts-Russell in 1840 to commemorate his wife, Mary.

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