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Hardwick Hall 6/7

Hardwick is a statement of the wealth and power of Bess of Hardwick, who was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I herself. It was one of the first English houses where the great hall was built on an axis through the centre of the house rather than at right angles to the entrance. Each of the three main storeys is higher than the one below, and a grand, winding, stone staircase leads up to a suite of state rooms on the second floor, which includes one of the largest long galleries in any English house and a little-altered, tapestry-hung great chamber with a spectacular plaster frieze of hunting scenes. There is furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries. A remarkable feature of the house is that much of the present furniture and other contents are listed in an inventory dating from 1601.

Hardwick Hall 6/7

Hardwick is a statement of the wealth and power of Bess of Hardwick, who was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I herself. It was one of the first English houses where the great hall was built on an axis through the centre of the house rather than at right angles to the entrance. Each of the three main storeys is higher than the one below, and a grand, winding, stone staircase leads up to a suite of state rooms on the second floor, which includes one of the largest long galleries in any English house and a little-altered, tapestry-hung great chamber with a spectacular plaster frieze of hunting scenes. There is furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries. A remarkable feature of the house is that much of the present furniture and other contents are listed in an inventory dating from 1601.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Mar 2013, 00:40
Stunning scene upon which to grow your gorgeous internal scenes, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, doing this I thought was better than four mildly interesting interior shots of not great quality.
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 16 Mar 2013, 01:01
Absolutely fantastic Brian! I would also like to see each room presented in the montage as a separate post as well. I would like to see more of the detail in the upper right photo. Brilliant post.
Brian Walbey: Doing this I thought was better than four mildly interesting interior shots of not great quality Frances to be honest. Top right leaves a bit to be desired in quality viewed full size.
You have made your point of view with a lot of flare Brian... i like what you have done with this montage....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Doing this I thought was better than four mildly interesting interior shots of not great quality Peter.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Mar 2013, 07:53
The inside has gone outside!
Brian Walbey: Doing this I thought was better than four mildly interesting interior shots of not great quality Chad.
That last fact is quite amazing. That is pretty old furniture. Great job in this series.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary. isn't good that very often all these old records seem to survive whatever history has thrown at them.
A wonderful preservation job done here. Nicely presented Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Janet.
About time they got some new stuff from IKEA if you ask me Brian grin

Fine presentation
Brian Walbey: Lol. Thanks Bill.
The inside is wonderful too! I really like your presentation Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
Nice assemblage, Brian - must get to the hall again.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, I guess Hardwick isn't all that far from you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Mar 2013, 20:29
A lovely collage and what a beautiful vista on the hedged English landscape! I love that!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Philine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Mar 2013, 20:49
A fascinating collage, Brian, and very well presented. I like the canopy over the chairs and that gallery is huge!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. The two big chairs under the canopy are the thrones, but re the gallery, there's very little hope of getting a shot of that without any GUW about!!!
Those tapestries look sumptuous, Brian. Really well presented again.
Brian Walbey: There are a lot of tapestries about Graeme, that is more or less how they decorated walls in those times.

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