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Pictures of Haddon Hall

a Historic Building in the town of Bakewell, in the county of Derbyshire

About Haddon Hall

Perched in a picturesque position above the Derbyshire River Wye, the grey stone walls of Haddon House tempt invitingly, and you know with just one glance that this is somewhere special. Indeed it has been described as the finest medieval manor house of its period in England.

The house dates back to the 12th entury when it was erected as a fortified manor house, it is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, whose family have owned the house since 1567. In 1700 for whatever reason, Haddon Hall was abandoned by its owners, it was bereft of care for over two hundred years, until the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland realised the historical importance of Haddon and the Duke made it his life's work to restore the house to its former glory.

Perhaps the fact that the house lay untended for so long is responsible for it being almost unaltered, it has a unique charm and atmosphere of timelessness that captivates all who visit.

Rooms on display include the magnificent Dining Room of 1545 which has heraldic panelling, heraldic painting to the ceiling and carved medallions in the alcove, the Banqueting Hall, complete with minstrels' gallery, Kitchens which look as though they have not been touched for centuries, and the superb Tudor Long Gallery-this is said to be the room from which Dorothy Vernon romantically eloped with her lover Lord Edward Manners. The Long Gallery is an elegant room with panelling and large bay windows giving magnificent views over the gardens.

The ancient family chapel contains a series of remarkable medieval wallpaintings, its roof and beautiful woodwork date mostly from around 1624.

Above the dining room lies the Great Chamber, this is almost identical in shape to the room below, it has a fine timber roof and an exquisite Elizabethan frieze.

Visitors to the house see beautiful furniture and fine paintings, included in these are miniature portraits of Henry VII and his Queen.

The house, surrounded by delightful gardens, these were laid out in terraces during the 17th century, they are planted with a rich variety of plants and flowers. Haddon Hall has been the setting for many important films and TV programmes, most latterly it was the setting for Pride and Prejudice starring Dame Judy Dench.

The house has many highlights, not least its gorgeous entrance courtyard, this is strikingly medieval giving visitors a foretaste of the magical things to come.

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