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The Old Hall at Hardwick survives only as a shell, with remnants of its plaster decoration.

Hardwick Timeline

Produced by University of London

Hardwick New Hall is famous as the home of the one of the most powerful women of the 16th century, Elizabeth countess of Shrewsbury, whose initials

Parish Life and the Hardwick Estate

William Senior's plan of Hardwick, c.1609, showing the two mansions and the surrounding park shortly after Bess had died.

Farming the Hardwick Estate

The growth of the modern coal mining in the 19th century brought with it it dramatic changes in both settlement and society on and near the Hardwic

Chatsworth was transformed in the 1680s from Sir William Cavendish's Elizabethan house with four tall ranges round a small courtyard into a fashion

Although the Cavendishes divided their time between Derbyshire and London, they occupied rented houses until the 18th century, when the 2nd duke bu

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