Exploring Calke Abbey’s Tramway and Limeyards

As part of our fourth Write Here residency, we continued our poetic explorations of Calke Abbey. In Autumn 2015, we took these poetic explorations into the estate of Calke Abbey, and facilitated a poetry workshop and poetry walk to tie in with the Ticknall Tramway Festival.

Limeyards Journey – poetry workshop

Mark facilitated a poetry workshop for Calke Abbey volunteers and staff. This informal workshop gave participants the opportunity to experience in a new way the industrial heritage of the Limeyards, and some of the surrounding landscape via the Tramway.

No prior experience of poetry writing required, and over half the participants had never attended a poetry workshop before. Many participants had also not visited the area before, as their work is based at the main house.

The afternoon of imaginative exploration was very much enjoyed. All participants agreed that it was an amazing location, and they valued the encouragement to discover and observe, the development of a sensitivity towards place which can be used for creative inspiration.  

Tramway Traverse & Verse – poetry walk

On a beautiful autumnal afternoon, Mark took members of the public on a poetic walk along part of the Tramway and around the Limeyards at Calke.

Along the way, Mark stopped to give readings of poems by various poets. Each poem, in some way, related to things, landmarks, and even moments in history encountered during the miniature journey.

One poem which Mark read out, had been written on the Limeyards Journey workshop by Calke volunteer Vicky Page.


The Tramway & Limeyards Workshop and Walk, were part of a Write Here residency funded by Writing East Midlands and Museum Development East Midlands.