At the end of 2016 I participated in several ‘jollies’ to some of the most amazing houses and beauty spots in England, and I’ve shared my experiences, as I often do, with visitors here. If you are new here and think you might enjoy reading about and seeing photos of some of the wonderful places around England I’ve visited since […]
Hardwick Hall: another ‘jolly’ from 2016 – Part One – Bess of Hardwick, a force to be reckoned with. I’m sharing this again because we are in lockdown…
Hardwick Hall is a great Elizabethan House,
built to create and proclaim the impression - and fact - of great wealth and status of a great woman,
Bess of Hardwick
Fine tapestries and decoration throughout (c) Jane Risdon 2016
who - four times married - became the most remarkable Elizabethan woman in England, next to the Queen herself.
Bess was born at Hardwick Hall, then a small manor house in the mid-1520s, her father was John Hardwick, a country squire who died when she was under a year old, leaving his family of five young children in reduced financial circumstances.