Hardwick Old Hall

West, Susie (2008). Hardwick Old Hall. London: English Heritage.


Official guidebook to the English Heritage historic house, Hardwick Old Hall, Derbyshire. Written in two sections, History, and Tour of the property. Presents up to date historical information on the origins and development of the house, its architectural significance and its owners, the Cavendish family, later Dukes of Devonshire. Commissioned by Bess of Hardwick, the house incorporates her original approach to the plan and form of an elite Elizabethan house; it is argued that this house represents her personal design contribution, before her second building project at the adjacent New Hall, which is attributed to Robert Smythson. New use of the 1608 household inventory allows the creation of lost floor plans and room functions, supported by specially commissioned artist's reconstructions.

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