A tour of Haddon Hall and Gardens, which are spectacularly situated on a cliff overlooking the River Wye within the Derbyshire Peak District.
Renishaw Hall is situated on the edge of the Peak District between Sheffield and Chesterfield. It has been the home of the Sitwell family for almost 400 years having been built in 1625 by George Sitwell, a High Sheriff of Derbyshire. The Hall was substantially expanded and the gardens developed based on fortunes built up […]
The Halls at Hardwick on the eastern fringes of Derbyshire are lasting memorials to two formidable ladies, Bess of Hardwick (1527-1608) and Evelyn Cavendish (1870-1960). Bess, or to give her her full title, Elizabeth Cavendish (later Talbot), Countess of Shrewsbury, managed, with the help of four marriages, to become the second most powerful woman in […]
The National Trust promotes Calke Abbey as the ‘un-stately’ stately home, and indeed many of the rooms in the house are in a bad state of decoration and are overflowing with masses of bric-a brac. I found it interesting up to a point to check out what appealed to aristocratic hoarders and it made me […]