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Brief description of site

Hardwick Hall has a parkland, orchard, walled gardens, gatehouse and herb garden occupying about 440 hectares.

Brief history of site

In 1583 Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick) bought the estate from her brother James and moved to the site following a dispute with her husband. The park was first enclosed between 1591 and 1597. Louisa Egerton laid out the gardens around 1870. The National Trust took over the site in 1959.

Location information:

Address: Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire., S44 5QJ

Locality: Chesterfield

Local Authorities:

Derbyshire; Bolsover; Ault Hucknall

Historical County: Derbyshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 120 Grid Ref: SK 463 637
Latitude: 53.1684 Longitude: -1.30886

Directions:

East of the M1, west of Mansfield.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open on selected days between February and December. Please see:http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/place-pages/161/pages/opening-times-calendar
The Old Hall is in the care of English Heritage, and is open Wednesdays to Sundays between April and October.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1591 to 1597

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 440

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