Interesting Blore facts...



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1. Blore hamlet or township is located near Ashbourne in Staffordshire in the Midlands area of England.

2. Most Blore, Bloor or Bloore families in England are located in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire counties of England.

3. Val de blore is a ski resor/tourist area near Nice, France on the frontier with Italy.

Val de blore
Pop.: 670 h. Surface Area : 9.400 ha Alt.: 1.500m

4. There is a Blore Court in the Soho area of London..

5. Blore Farm is located on the site of Blore Heath... the following is information from the "Blore Farm" website...

" Blore Heath was the site of the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses, fought on September 23rd 1459 between the Houses of Lancaster and York. Some 17,000 men plus their families gathered at Blore Heath and fought a very bloody and brutal battle. Despite being outnumbered by three to one, the Yorkist leader used superior tactics and defeated the Lancastrian army led by Lord Audley, who was himself killed. The spot where Audley fell is marked to this day by a stone cross. The queen herself witnessed the battle from a nearby church steeple. It is said that the battle was so ferocious that the nearby Wemberton brook ran with blood for three days and three nights."

6. Edward Blore b. 1790, was an architect, who was responsible for the numerous buildings and their additions... these will be noted here as they are researched... He died 1879 and is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.

  1. East wing of Buckingham Palace

    "By 1829 the costs had escalated to nearly half a million pounds. Nash's extravagance cost him his job, and on the death of George IV in 1830, his younger brother William IV took on Edward Blore to finish the work. The King never moved into the Palace. Indeed, when the Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire in 1834, the King offered the Palace as a new home for Parliament, but the offer was declined.

    Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to take up residence in July 1837, just three weeks after her accession, and in June 1838 she was the first British sovereign to leave from Buckingham Palace for a Coronation. Her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840 soon showed up the Palace's shortcomings. A serious problem for the newly married couple was the absence of any nurseries and too few bedrooms for visitors. The only solution was to move the Marble Arch - it now stands at the north-east corner of Hyde Park - and build a fourth wing, thereby creating a quadrangle.
    Blore, the architect in charge, created the East Front and, thanks largely to his builder, Thomas Cubitt, the costs were reduced from £150,000 to £106,000. The cost of the new wing was largely covered by the sale of George IV's Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Blore added an attic floor to the main block of the Palace and decorated it externally with marble friezes originally intended for Nash's Marble Arch. The work was completed in 1847.
    By the turn of the century the soft French stone used in Blore's East Front was showing signs of deterioration, largely due to London's notorious soot, and required replacing. In 1913 the decision was taken to reface..."

  2. Choiry in Westerminster Abbey
  3. Government House in Sydney
  4. A palace in Russia
  5. Halpur facade -now a shopping centre
  6. Wiston House in Sussex.
    " The 19th century was another period of enthusiasm for reconstructing historic houses. Wiston House was again remodelled in the 1830s by a then fashionable architect, Edward Blore (1797-1879). Blore proposed to demolish the Tudor structure, leaving the Great Hall as a 'picturesque ruin' in the Park, and build an entirely new house on another site. Fortunately, he had to be content with altering and largely rebuilding the south wing of the House. Outside on the north wall of this wing are two unified overmantels, long thought to have been placed there by Blore. The rectangular lower section, with lively martial figures between colonettes, is typical work of the 1570s and perhaps Game from Sir Thomas Sherley's Great Chamber - it would have been to small for the Great Hall. The upper stonework appears to belong to a later date, probably of Cranfield's 1620s completion of the house. It is now thought that these pieces were brought together and placed in their present position in the 1740s, during the Batty Langley period.

7. Blore is a town (or hotel?) in India... still trying to ascertain exactly what! Near Bangalore. Often offers a web reservation and discount booking site.

8. Blore Pastures Map ref: SK 135499 is located in the Peak District near Blore hamlet; between Ilam and Blore, only a few miles / kilometres from each. It is a small side of road picnic area fashioned it seems when a section of the road was straightened.

Leo Blore pic. 1999

"This pleasantly situated car park gives good views towards Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud.

The access road on this sloping site is tarmac and the parking areas are of stone and grass.

Two picnic tables are provided at the lower end of the site, along a gently sloping grass path" From the web.


9. Blore Hall is located in the hamlet of Blore. The following tourist write-up has been taken from the web site...

"Blore Hall is in the White Peak District in the southern part of the National Park close to famous Dovedale.

The Dove, dubbed 'princess of rivers' by Izaak Walton in his fisherman's bible.

The Complete Angler (1653), runs a mere half mile from Blore Hall, and the famous stepping stones of Dovedale are but two miles away.

Standing in three acres, the principal property comprises a large 14th century red brick house, thought to have been the Great Hall of Blore Manor, which was later burnt down.

There is also a range of outbuildings formed as a quadrangle.

These were originally farm buildings and include a fine 14th century barn fronting the property and facing the remains of an ancient moat - now a duck pond.

The only other buildings in the hamlet of Blore are the Old Rectory, a gamekeeper's cottage, and the 11th century Blore Ray Church mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

There are 20 cottages and apartments of one, two and three bedrooms, a clubhouse, games room, an office, an indoor swimming pool and sauna and a tennis court. A one-bedroomed cottage has been specially adapted for wheelchair use."

10. "Blore--is generally used for a blast, or gale of wind, (see Iliad II. 122,) but here would seem simply the air." From the web.

11. Blore church -St Bartholomew's Church, Blore Ray. Stands next to and slightly up-hill from Blore Hall buildings.

12. Blores Hill is located north of Maffra, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It was named after the early family of Blores who settled in this area. See Australian Blores site.

13. Found on the net... "Blore is the 58,398th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.000%; percentile is 87.177 [SourceCBN]"

14. Eric Blore was a great English character actor. Eric Blore (1887 - 1959).

Will keep adding to as they become available.