After a crazy day of traveling, we woke up to a beautiful sunny & warmer day, which I’ve been told is a bit rare. They pulled out the best just for us! We decided Friday would be our day to tour Chatsworth House. I had been looking forward to this since we first started planning our trip. We had seen a documentary on the House and I couldn’t wait to see it in person. (Did you know one of the Pride & Prejudice movies was filmed here?!)
We made sandwiches and had a picnic lunch on the grounds by the Derwent River. It was a lovely, quiet spot to begin our new day of adventure.
We never did find out what this structure near the river was, but it was cool looking and had a garden on top. The door was locked so we couldn’t step onto that part.
After our picnic we hiked up to the main house to begin our tour. We really enjoyed seeing all the historical displays and were amazed at the elaborate furnishings and paintings. I do believe every ceiling was covered with a painting of some sort. The moldings and intricate wood workings were beautiful and we learned a few of the stories of the family that has served as Dukes and Duchesses through out the years. The fourth Earl of Devonshire received the title of 1st Duke of Devonshire in recognition of helping William and Mary to the throne. The current Duke and Duchess still live in Chatsworth; however, the estate is now owned by a trust.
If we are remembering correctly, it was the 6th Duke who was known for excessive spending and had the chapel built. The chapel is no longer used for religious ceremonies other than a few family Christenings.
This is the balcony at the rear of the chapel. Occasionally, the staff would join the family in a special service. The staff would sit below, the family above.
This portrait of Duchess Georgina Spencer (the 5th duchess, I think), was quite scandalous for her time. There was another portrait of the Duchess much more prim and proper farther down the hall.
Of course the library was Brian’s favorite room, even though we weren’t allowed in the main part. There are over 30,000 books in the Chatsworth library although not all were housed in that room. I read that the 2nd Duke Henry Cavendish was noted for recognition of the hydrogen element and was the first man to determine the density of the earth. His collection of scientific papers are supposedly in the collection at Chatsworth.
During WWII, Chatsworth was occupied by Penrhos College, a girl’s boarding school. This dining room served as the dormitory. Can you see that ceiling?! Those are all flowers carved into the ceiling trimmed in gold.
After all that walking, we walked around Chesterfield that evening and then had to have the traditional fish and chips take-away (take-out) for supper.
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