Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Historic Haddon Hall.

Haddon Hall on the banks of the River Wye just a few miles from the popular town of Bakewell is probably the very finest example of a medieval manor house not just in Derbyshire but possibly anywhere in the UK.

We were thrilled to discover this amazing jewel of a house when we visited the Peak District National Park recently.

Between us we took so many photographs, I'd like to share some of them with you over the next few posts.

The first owner of the Hall, almost 900 years ago, was one "Avenell of Haddon" (1103-1114), the Hall is currently the home of Lord Edward Manners.
Lord Edward is a direct descendant of John Henry, 9th Duke of Rutland, who in the early 1920's began the massive restoration of Haddon after 200 years of neglect.

In this post you'll see some of the wonderful architecture, ancient doors and windows, and despite it's decline with the advent of Autumn - the garden, and some of the flowers that were still adding even more beauty to the surroundings.

To really experience Haddon (albeit virtually) I really think you would enjoy visiting the website here: Haddon Hall.

It has a fascinating history and you may well recognize parts of it as Haddon was one of the locations used during the filming of "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Other Boleyn Girl".

Linking this post to the Tablescaper's weekly gathering
Oh, The places I've been!

Be sure to come back in a few days time 
when I'll be sharing some amazing shadows 
captured at Haddon Hall.


  1. This is beautiful, Maggie. I love it that someone named Manners lived in the Manor House!

  2. Here in the states, public television aire a special on the grat halls of England, saying that many of tem had been lost during WW II. It was a wonderful show and I do not remember if Hadden had been one them. Truely an English treasure. I will enjoy your tour.

  3. i enjoyed all the photos you shared Maggie. it's amazing to see buildings that have stood the test of time. I am fascinated by the restoration shown around the window. This must require such skill to fit the old and the new together. Lovely to see the flowers still blooming in England!

  4. Beautiful photos, Maggie. Such history in those windows, doors and stones. I can hardly fathom it.

    As soon as I read "Derbyshire" I thought of Pride and Prejudice and then you mentioned it later! I'm off to explore the site.

  5. Beautiful post, Maggie! I always love traveling along with you. ;-)
    Amazing that these structures have survived all these hundreds of years. I'm glad that you and the senior partner like to take photos and that you are willing to share them with all of us. ~ Sarah

  6. I've never visited there but can see how lovely it is. Thankfully it had been restored over the years, it's tragic when these amazing historic homes are sometimes abandoned. Of course the cost is immense for places such as this, but it's very sad if they are left to crumble to the ground. Imagine building homes like that today!!!!

    Glad to see you here Maggie dear - hope life is good and you are ready for the French Winter ahead - and that it will be a mild one!

    Hugs from still warmish and very colorful NC.
    Mary X

  7. Maggie- this must have been the most glorious day to walk these beautiful grounds and take photos. The castle is amazing!! Beautiful in so many ways--

    Looking forward to more photos:)

  8. Oh it is amazing Maggie!
    All that wonderful old stone, some of it smoothed with wear over the years.
    The solid doors and the beautiful lead light windows are always what attract me!!
    We visited Chatsworth as we drove through the Peak District on a visit 10 years ago - I didn't do my homework very well... sadly!


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