Thursday, July 26, 2007


A little diversion into architecture today....

Some of my favorite trips have been exploring the English countryside, and visiting the many stately homes that are open to the public. One of the most famous of these is Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatworth is one of the largest private homes in England, and is located in Derbyshire, one of the most beautiful counties in England.

Chatsworth was largely designed by William Talman, who was student of Sir Christopher Wren. Chatsworth is the crowning example of his work, and is considered to be the first Baroque home in England.

When I saw the film 'Pride and Prejudice', with Kiera Knightley playing the role of Lizzie, I immediately recognized Chatsworth as the home portrayed as Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's family home. It is widely believed that Jane Austen modeled her description of Mr. Darcy's home on Chatsworth, so it is fitting that Chatsworth was used for many of the interior and exterior shots in the movie!

Most memorable in Chatsworth is the sculpture gallery, which is shown in the film. Chatsworth also houses a priceless collection of paintings, furniture, and textiles.

The interior is your typical stately home British style....

....however, there are some exquisite details for those with an eye for design....

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  1. The last two images are fantastic.
    What a beautiful home to have lived in....Sigh room to ramble around in. good post..thanks

  2. Sarah- I have not yet had the chance to visit Chatsworth, but it is def. on my list for my next trip. Lucky you! Beautiful photos!

  3. I wish i had time to visit these houses. what a shame they don't build like this any more!!!


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