Impressive Buck Gates

The Buck Gates, Welbeck.
The Buck Gates, Welbeck.

THIS very unusual but rather grand entrance is known as Buck Gates at Thoresby Park.

Entitled so by the 4th Earl Manvers when he witnessed a fight between two bucks in the forest which lasted for most of the day. The battle resulted in the bucks falling into Thoresby Lake and drowning.

He decided to commemorate the feud by installing two stone pillars either side of the lodge gates and mounting a lead covered buck sculpture on top of each one.

Today no evidence of these gates can be seen apart from on old photographs. This photo was kindly sent in by Mrs Sheila Smart of Woodend, Worksop.