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photoblog image Hardwick Hall 7/7

Hardwick Hall 7/7

Apologies for Friday's "no show", Broadband was down!!!!!  O.K.now, I hope.

Bess Of Hardwick (1518 - 1608)

This statue of Bess of Hardwick stands on the East side of the house where Bess gazes out over the grounds and extensive estate. She was renowned for being one of the wealthiest and most powerful woman in the country, second only to Queen Elizabeth 1st. Much of this wealth and power is attributed to the fact that she was married four times, through which she accumulated land and property. She was due to be married as a child, but her opposite died before the marriage could take place. She then married Sir William Cavendish in 1547, whose descendants in line are the Duke of Devonshire, and two years later they bought the Chatsworth estate for a total of £600. The house that stands today is the second to be built on the estate, the first being replaced in the late 17th century. A later marriage saw her becoming the wife of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who at the time was one of the most powerful men in the country. When he later died in 1590, Bess was to become the wealthiest woman after the queen in the country. She died in 1608, leaving a great amount of land to be divided between her offspring, and is buried in Derby Cathedral.

Hardwick Hall 7/7

Apologies for Friday's "no show", Broadband was down!!!!!  O.K.now, I hope.

Bess Of Hardwick (1518 - 1608)

This statue of Bess of Hardwick stands on the East side of the house where Bess gazes out over the grounds and extensive estate. She was renowned for being one of the wealthiest and most powerful woman in the country, second only to Queen Elizabeth 1st. Much of this wealth and power is attributed to the fact that she was married four times, through which she accumulated land and property. She was due to be married as a child, but her opposite died before the marriage could take place. She then married Sir William Cavendish in 1547, whose descendants in line are the Duke of Devonshire, and two years later they bought the Chatsworth estate for a total of £600. The house that stands today is the second to be built on the estate, the first being replaced in the late 17th century. A later marriage saw her becoming the wife of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who at the time was one of the most powerful men in the country. When he later died in 1590, Bess was to become the wealthiest woman after the queen in the country. She died in 1608, leaving a great amount of land to be divided between her offspring, and is buried in Derby Cathedral.

comments (10)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 17 Mar 2013, 02:18
Brilliant capture Brian! Very interesting narrative (I love historical facts) which adds a real feel.
Brian Walbey: It seems as though she had quite an eventful life doesn't it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2013, 02:46
Bessie Hardwick could use a polish, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Bucket of water and a scrubbing brush Ray, that should soon sort her out!!
I think she was a powerful woman and no doubt wore the trousers. I read a biography of her ... fascinating reading.
Brian Walbey: It seems as though she had quite an eventful life doesn't it, I would imagine that book was a good read.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2013, 08:10
A formidable woman. I hope they will feel able to give her statue a bit of a wash one day!
Brian Walbey: It seems as though she had quite an eventful life doesn't it. Bucket of water and a scrubbing brush Chris, that should soon sort her out!!
She had a good long life with a statue to commemorate her. Hard to beat that.
Brian Walbey: It seems as though she had quite an eventful life doesn't it.
She has left her mark
Brian Walbey: It seems as though she had quite an eventful life doesn't it.
I must pop down to Derby to take a look at her tomb some time.
Brian Walbey: We've only been in the cathedral a couple of times and then I didn't realise she was buried there, mind you one of the times was for a concert.
She certainly enjoyed life Brian!
Fine capture.
Brian Walbey: She had the money and power to do so I guess Richard.
Ah! So now we meet her.
Brian Walbey: Sadly she could do with a jolly good clean up Graeme.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Mar 2013, 21:51
Sounds like a canny woman, using her husbands to further her gains. I was in Derby Cathedral a few weeks ago; I wonder if I saw here grave and paid scant regard to it?
Brian Walbey: A bit like a lot of women do these days still Alan, we are the weaker sex at times aren't we. We've only been in the cathedral a couple of times and then I didn't realise she was buried there, mind you one of the times was for a concert.

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