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Photos of Chatsworth house, Derbyshire, England.
Chatsworth has to be one of the most famous stately homes in England, well known throughout the world, and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Even as long ago as the days of Thomas Hobbes, Chatsworth has been accounted one of the wonders of the Peak. The designs for the house were drawn up by the 1st Duke of Devonshire and Thomas Archer and Talman. The Duke employed some very talented craftsmen to embellish his palace, painters Sir James Thornhill, Louis Lagurre and Antonio Verrio, Caius Gabriel Cibber, the sculptor, and the celebrated French ironsmith André Tijou.
The 4th Duke was responsible for the landscaping with the aid of the ubiquitous Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
The 6th Duke devoted most of his time to improving Chatsworth. His head gardener , Joseph Paxton (later to achieve international fame for his designs for the great exhibition of 1851), was responsible for the present appearance of the gardens.
The Cascade is the finest waterwork in the Garden to have survived. Finished in 1696 it was rebuilt only five years later on a grander scale. It was designed by a Frenchman, Grillet, a pupil of the celebrated Le Nôtre. The Temple or Cascade House at the top was added in 1703 to the plans of Thomas Archer.
The 105 acre garden at Chatsworth is a landscape that has evolved over 450 years, reflecting many important eras in landscape design. For more than 300 years it has been famous for the gravity-fed waterworks.
In 1973 the farmyard was opened to give visitors an insight into how the farms and woodlands on the estate are run.
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For details on opening times and entry fees please visit the site HERE.
Most of the photos on this page were taken on the afternoon of August 4th 2003 which was one of the hotest days of the year in 2003. The Chatsworth farm photos were taken on 23rd April 2004.
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