The stark grandeur of Hardwick Old Hall is still visible, although most parts of the building are ruined. Both Halls and a part of the garden walk are supposed to be haunted. It is said that the ghost of Thomas Hobbes who died December 1679 walks between the Old and New Halls at dusk.More pictures of Hardwick Hall by Karen Lee...
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Camera Make: RICOH Model: CX2
Exposure Program: Program, Focal length: 4.9 mm, Aperture: f 3.5, ISO: 80, Exposure time: 1/1320 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: -0.3 EV
Date/Time Creation: June 5, 2011, 2:43 pm
ImageID:1136695, Image size: 3456 x 2592 pixels
It all looks a bit bleak and drafty even for ghosts! Nice one.
The structure still appears to be quite strong, was the interior destroyed by fire?
When Bess's 4th husband died she inherited a vast fortune and decided to build a bigger grander house, Hardwick Hall, and the old hall was abandoned and fell into ruin. The walls of the Grand reception room were dismantled and the stone was re-used to build some of the New Hardwick Hall. When the roof fell in, it was open to the elements and soon the floors and plaster work fell away leaving the shell.
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