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Hardwick Old Hall (1)

By PhilT2
After the violent collapse of her fourth marriage Bess fled from Chatsworth in 1584 to her family estate estate at Hardwick.
As a countess she needed something grander than her father's medieval manor house. In its place she began to build Hardwick Old Hall in 1857. On the upper floors, the two wings contained state rooms for formal entertaining, lit by tall windows which command bold views over the open countryside landscape.
In 1590, before the Old Hall was completed, Bess started to build the New Hall immediately by the side of it, this time using a professional architect Robert Smythson. Contrary to what might be expected, the Old Hall was not abandoned in favour of the new one. The two were intended to complement each other, like two wings of one building.
The Old Hall was partially dismantled in the 1750's and has become ruinous. Now managed by English Heritage. The Hall is currently closed for conservation work. The New Hall is managed by the National Trust and is open as normal. This image taken earlier this month.
Hope you all had a Great Christmas day

Tags: Architecture Derbyshire English heritage Hardwick

Voters: mike9005, johnsd, cats_123 and 27 more

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
26 Dec 2019 11:51AM
Lovely to read the background... great shot 😁
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
26 Dec 2019 12:22PM
Must have been grand in its day...interesting info
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
26 Dec 2019 2:28PM
Not exactly a "des-res" but must have been very desirable in its day. Good image showing it now.
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
26 Dec 2019 2:53PM
Lovely photo with nice light!

26 Dec 2019 2:55PM
Merry Christmas!
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 1:09PM
Wonderful architecture image
Good work, Isabel GrinGrin
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
30 Dec 2019 11:21AM
Looks to be quite a job to upkeep , lovely capture , trust your Christmas was a good one also.

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