Burbage

Burbage is a small village in Derbyshire which was once a parish until 1961, when it became part of the parish of Buxton. It is very well known for its brass band, the Burbage Band of Buxton and it backs onto Grin Low woods, and provides access to Solomon's Temple.

The tunnel is a remnant of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, which operated from 1831 to 1967 and the section near Burbage was abandoned in the 1890s in favour of a new alignment. It carried the old Macclesfield Road over the line and the bridge is completely built some 15 yards in. To the north lies 500 yard Burbage tunnel, which took the line into the Goyt Valley.

Established by local quarry owner, Robert Broome and fellow industrialists in 1861, the Burbage Band Buxton is one of the oldest brass bands in the world. It proudly maintains its original objectives and aims when they were formed as a village band all those years ago, with the patronage of the church and the Duke of Devonshire at the time, to teach music without charge, to develop community spirit, to entertain but also to provide an educational and constructive pass time. The band has earned an enviable reputation and has taught many hundreds to play.

Today the band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton locally and abroad with a whole host of concerts, celebrations, functions, providing music in a wide variety of styles. It has active members from every generation and is one of the most successful, busiest and friendliest bands in the area, having trained most of its own players as well as many now playing with more famous bands.



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