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Chatsworth...Or Should I Say Pemberley?

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A May 2007 trip to Derbyshire by stomps

Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England More Photos
Quote: Who can resist a trip to see Mr. Darcy's much-drooled-over home of Pemberley? I certainly couldn't, and I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw.

Chatsworth...Or Should I Say Pemberley?

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Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England
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I have never been one to deny that I thoroughly enjoy visiting castles, mansions, and anything else that could remotely qualify as a historic home. Heck, I've visited more than a couple "castles" that are no more than piles of rubbles, and I still enjoy it. Also, being a woman, I happen to thoroughly enjoy Pride & Prejudice--especially a character you may or may not have heard of named Mr. Darcy. Ah yes, the man that women everywhere swoon over and the role that Colin Firth will never escape being pigeonholed in. Therefore, it really was a no-brainer when my grandparents asked me if I would like to visit Chatsworth, a country home nestled in the Peaks District of Derbyshire (3 miles northeast of B...Read More

Chatsworth House

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Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England
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The first house at Chatsworth was built by the inimitable Bess of Hardwick with her second husband William Cavendish. (The Cavendish family name survives to this day in the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire that live at Chatsworth). This was in the mid-1500s (1552 to be exact), and the house survived relatively intact until the first Duke drastically altered it in the late 1600s. His complete remodeling of the south front (featured in the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley) made Chatsworth the vision it is today.One of the first glimpses Nanna and I got of the inside of Chatsworth was also the first glimpse a movie-goer gets. As we walked into the Painted Hall, I...Read More

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Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell, England DE45 1PP
+44 1246 565 300

Chatsworth House

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Attraction | "Chatsworth House, Part 2"

Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England
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This entry is a continuation of my Chatsworth House entry.Every room had a large sign to say exactly what the room was used for and why some of the furnishings or paintings were important. This meant we didn't have to have an audio tour, a guided tour, or even a guidebook to find our way around the house, as was the case with Hampton Court, which had absolutely no signage to speak of. All of the tidbits were quite interesting, especially the one about Penrhos College. During World War II, the Duke offered his house to the girls of this school in North Wales. Nearly twenty of the girls slept in the State Drawing Room.Another room of note was the State Music Room. Again, the ceiling was ...Read More

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Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell, England DE45 1PP
+44 1246 565 300

The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: The History

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Attraction | "The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: The History"

The Emperor's Fountain Photo, Derbyshire, England
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The first part of the gardens that people tend to flock to is the Canal Pond and its Emperor Fountain. Shooting over 90 feet in the air, the fountain is a spectacular water display that is sure to both wow you and coat you in a fine spray. If you are lucky enough (meaning you visit on a certain, scheduled day), you might even see the fountain shooting extra high--to a world-record-breaking 294 feet, in fact. The fountain was amazing enough when I saw it; I can't imagine it being three times as tall!The height record that the Emperor's Fountain broke is for gravity-fed fountains. This means that no other power is used to propel the water so high into the sky except for gravity itself, which pul...Read More

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The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: My Visit

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Attraction | "The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: My Visit"

Chatsworth and me Photo, Derbyshire, England
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I had already gotten a good glimpse of the Emperor Fountain from various windows in the house; however, I wanted a closer look, so the Fountain was the first thing I headed to when I was let loose in the gardens. (Side note: the gardens book, which costs £3.50, is a great buy and is full of interesting tidbits about the garden. Plus, it has a very handy map that tells you where and what everything in the garden is. I didn't buy the guide until I left, and there are definitely a few places mentioned in the book I would have liked to have seen. Therefore, I recommend getting a book before setting out!)The large dirt pathway to the left of the house leads along the Canal Pond to the end, although...Read More

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Chatsworth House & Garden

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Attraction | "The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: Psycho Geese"

Chatsworth House & Garden Photo, Manchester, England
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This entry is a continuation of The Emperor Fountain & Canal Pond: My Visit.If I had continued on the path that leads to the east of the Canal Pond, I would have found the Azalea Dell, the Ravine, the Trough Waterfall, and the Grotto Pond, all of which look well worth visiting from the pictures in the guide book. The Azalea Dell is supposedly unforgettable at the end of May, and judging from the azaleas I saw in the rest of the garden, it is probably nothing short of jaw-dropping.As I rounded the end of the pond--this, of course, after I managed to stop taking pictures--I found myself very close to a small gaggle of geese. Two mothers, with heads as black as coal except for on...Read More

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Chatsworth House & Garden
Chatsworth Hall
Bakewell, England DE45 1PP
+44 1246 582204

Chatsworth Sights

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Attraction | "The Strid"

Chatsworth Sights Photo, Lancaster, England
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The path leading east from the northern end of the Canal Pond encircles a pond called the Ring Pond with a small gravity-fed fountain in the middle. The interesting thing about this fountain, which I did not notice at the time, is the fact that the spout of the fountain actually is in a lead duck's beak. This duck originally came from another pond, which according to my guidebook, was "inevitably called the 'Sick Duck Pond.'"Not content to just follow the path, I wandered off into whatever corner I could find, which in this case, happened to be a hedged walkway to the northeast of the Ring Pond. This quickly opened up into what I later found out was the Strid. And what an idyllic scene the Str...Read More

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Chatsworth Sights
Blakewell, Derbyshire
Lancaster, England

The Rock Garden

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Chatsworth Rock Gardens Photo, Derbyshire, England
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The Rock Garden is one of the most visible and prominent parts of all of Chatsworth's gardens. Built by Paxton, a man integral to the creation of Chatsworth's gardens, in the early 1840s, the goal of this garden was to "copy the most picturesque assemblages of natural rocks," which explains the "haphazard" placement of many. Indeed, it looks like, with just a small poke, some of them would come tumbling down from their posts, but this is not the case as all have been very firmly fixed in place. However, they have not always been so, as is obvious from a quote by the Lord Desart in the 1860s when he said, "In one place a sort of miniature Matterhorn apparently blocked the path but with the touch of the...Read More

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The Rock Garden, Part 2

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Chatsworth Gardens Photo, Derbyshire, England
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This entry is a continuation of The Rock Garden entry.Along with making the pathways safer, these renovations also added what I think was the most impressive part of the rock gardens: the viewpoint. Now, if you don't feel like walking up the semi-steep dirt paths through the gardens, you can also get to the viewpoint by wandering up the much lower-grade walkway from the coal walkway to the south. Essentially, the viewpoint is just an open area on top of the promontory where you can see much of Chatsworth's gardens, and even a little bit of the house itself. Stretching before me were the calm waters of the Strid and the perfectly manicured beech hedges surrounding the Ring Pond. To my right, I ...Read More

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Chatsworth House

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Attraction | "The Cascade"

Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England
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The Cascade is both an amazing work of architecture and an integral part of Chatsworth's immense waterworks system. It was originally built in 1696 and six years later was redone on a much grander scale. Essentially, the Cascade consists of the Cascade House and twenty-four groups of steps that make their way down the hill above Chatsworth. Interestingly enough, the steps are all different in length so the "noise of the falling water varies," and as you walk along, it is loud but soothing music to your ears.I arrived at the Cascade having walked on the path leading underneath it through a tunnel. The tunnel is dark and damp, and you have to watch your step or else you might end up under a tiny...Read More

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Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell, England DE45 1PP
+44 1246 565 300

Chatsworth House

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Attraction | "The Cascade, Part 2"

Chatsworth House Photo, Sheffield, England
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This entry is a continuation of The Cascade.Before walking back down the other side of the Cascade, I noticed a staircase leading behind the waterworks and further up the hill. I took this and found yet another gravel pathway through the tall grass. Alongside the walkway was a tiny babbling brook that I followed for a while. It wound further up the hill, presumably towards the large Emperor Lake 400m above Chatsworth. Searching for the waterfall that could be clearly seen from the Cascade House, I tried to continue up the hill. Quickly, I realized (once the path disappeared and turned into a crossing over algae-covered rocks in the stream) that I would probably either get lost or hurt myself b...Read More

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Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell, England DE45 1PP
+44 1246 565 300