Explore Nature and History at Chatsworth House

Explore Nature and History at Chatsworth House

Date Posted

12th December 2013


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Chatsworth is one of the most beautiful estates in the UK. Located in the heart of the Peak District, this historic home is surrounded by picturesque gardens, peaceful farmyards, and an adventure playground that the whole family can enjoy. The Chatsworth Estate covers more than 35,00 acres of land in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and, as this statistics-packed infographic shows, that land is full of history and has some amazing stories to tell.

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While the house and its surrounding gardens are a hugely popular tourist destination today, the mansion has not always been so well loved. In the 1920s, the Great Conservatory in the gardens was demolished because it was so expensive, in both coal and manpower, to run.  The plants in the conservatory had died off during World War II, because coal supplies were interrupted for extended periods of time, so the family struggled to justify the expense of maintaining an empty conservatory. The Devonshire family, who owned the mansion at the time, were on the verge of demolishing the 6th Duke’s wing of the mansion in 1929 as a further cost cutting measure, but they did not get around to doing so. This is good news for the history and nature lovers that travel from up and down the country to visit the Manor and its gardens today.

In 2012, the estate had more than 700,000 visitors, who came to explore the gardens and explore the rooms of the house itself. The history of the original Chatsworth Manor can be traced back to the 16th century, but the building that stands there today includes features from several eras. The original Chatsworth Manor suffered serious damage during the Civil War in the 17th century, and was extensively renovated in the 1690s.

In more recent years, Chatsworth Manor has become an important cultural centre and a popular set for period movies and TV shows. It was used as the set for the 1998 biopic, The Duchess, staring Keira Knightly, and it was also featured in the 2010 remake of Wolfman. The Manor is also featured in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, where it is presented as the home of Mr Darcy. This is not such a large leap of the imagination, since it is widely believed that Jane Austen took inspiration from Chatsworth House when she wrote the book.

A visit to Chatsworth house is particularly worthwhile during the Christmas period, when the lower floors of the house are decked out in festive decorations. For 2013, the chosen theme was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The estate was decorated to look like Narnia, and visitors could enjoy an enchanted journey that would take them from wartime London to the forests of Narnia.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable day out in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire area, then a visit to Chatsworth is a great option. The estate was extensively restored in 2012, with more than £14 million being spent on cleaning stonework, reguilding windows and restoring the façade of the house. Visit Chatsworth today to see it in its full glory.

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