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Chatsworth House

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Chatsworth House

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Chatsworth House

The award-winning 2005 film 'Pride and Prejudice' starring Keira Knightley brought Chatsworth House in the Peak District National Park to an audience across the world.

But the history of the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire goes back far beyond the 19th Century setting for the film and the Jane Austen novel it’s based on. The Hunting Tower on the hill behind Chatsworth was built in the 1580s and other parts of the buildings and gardens date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

History permeates every corner. Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner at Chatsworth several times between 1569 and 1584; the distinguished scientist, Henry Cavendish was the grandson of the second Duke and his library of more than 12,000 books is here; Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton had a major influence on the design of the gardens; and Princess Victoria (later Queen) ate in the Great Dining Room in 1832.


Your comments

One of the greatest country houses in England and ancestral seat of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Alex Naughton

But for the Devonshire family Chatsworth would be yet another state run bulding folowing the early death of the Tenth Duke. His son and daughter in law worked all their lives to preserve and maintain this magnificent building, its Estate and most of its Treasures in spite of all successive Governments have done to make this virtually impossible.
Edward Wilkinson



My nomination is the garden shed.