Buxton Pump Room Talk – Two Queens and a Countess


With David Templeman

Buxton Pump Room Talk: Two Queens and a Countess

An in depth talk on the interaction between the 3 most colourful and charismatic women in Elizabethan History-Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick

The talk seeks out the intense rivalry, blazing ambitions and a win at all costs between them. There is jealousy, envy and lust for power as each one seeks to achieve their ultimate goal.

The theme is about 3 strong women as their story unfolds against a backdrop of suspicion, deceit and intrigue. This talk gives a unique insight into a predominantly man’s world entered into and conquered by these 3 powerful women

About David Templeman…

David is a retired businessman, spending most of his working life in the leisure industry.

Having had a lifelong interest in history, he joined Sheffield Manor Lodge on his retirement in 2004, as a volunteer guide. During this time, he has pursued his interest in the period relating to the site, and has now achieved Elizabethan historian status, with a local emphasis.

He is also an accomplished speaker, giving talks country-wide. He is an author with his book  ‘Mary, Queen of Scots: the Captive Queen in England 1568-87’ receiving critical acclaim on its launch in 2016. It has gone on to receive national recognition when in 2021, it was chosen for AQA GCSE “O” level history for the next 3 years. Currently over 50,000 students are studying the book, until the exam in 2023.

David is chair of the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge, with almost 400 members.


Wednesday 10th August 2022 Doors open at 6.30pm Talk starts at 7pm sharp The talk will last around 60 minutes, and there will be time for questions and discussion at the end.


This talk will take place in the Buxton Pump Room, opposite the Buxton Crescent. The Crescent Buxton SK17 6BH The entrance for the talk will be at the right hand door of the Pump Room. There is level access. For more details please email hello@buxtoncrescenttrust.org Call: 01298 214577


£10 full price adult tickets £9 concessions* £8 friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Tickets are for unreserved seats. *65+, Full time student, in receipt of benefits (please bring proof of concession on the evening).


The Buxton Pump Room is accessible by wheelchair over a small ramp at the door. For more information about venue accessibility, please visit our Accessibility Page We will do our best to make the presentation accessible to all guests. Please let us know in advance if you have any specific access needs we can cater for, such as having a large print copy of the presentation notes.

Covid Safety

We're following the guidance of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions guidance on appropriate Covid precautions. Therefore, we still advise that visitors while inside our venues, still wear a face mask, wash and sanitise hands, and maintain social distancing.


We will have a small bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks as well as hot drinks. Enjoy a tipple with the talk, and support the work of the trust by spending with us!

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