By Joan: On Wednesday the 12th September 13 of our members visited the Devonshire Dome in Buxton. Once a magnificent 18th Century  stable block built by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, to house the horses and servants of the guests of the Crescent Hotels, this Grade 2 listed building was also used as the Royal Devonshire Hospital and is now a campus of the University of Derby.  The slate dome erected by Robert Rippon Duke in 1882 is the largest unsupported Dome in Britain.  It was interesting to hear about the changes to the building and the construction over the years.  The visit was followed by an enjoyable lunch at the Pavilion Restaurant.