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.