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Old 11-26-2020, 03:36 AM
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Fife House in Brighton was visted by King Edward VII of Great Britain.
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Hartwell House is near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. It was the residence of King Louis XVIII of France in exile.
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Marie Josephine of Savoy also died in exile there in 1810.

It was almost demolished in the late 30's and is now leased to the National Trust.
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A charming tour and history of Hatfield House from October 2020 orated by Lord Salisbury.

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Old 02-15-2021, 03:33 AM
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There is a tradition that Prince Arthur, The Prince of Wales, the oldest son of King Henry VII of England, frequently lived with Sir Henry Vernon at his house Haddon Hall.
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Such beautiful countryside.
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A charming tour and history of Hatfield House from October 2020 orated by Lord Salisbury.
Hatfield is lovely. For some reason when I visited I never went into the old palace. Can't remember why now. I think it was closed for some reason. The fireplace in the King James room is an extraordinary confection.
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Such beautiful countryside.
It's the Peak District. Beautiful & dramatic scenery. Wilder the further north you go. Remarkably close to the big cities of Manchester & Sheffield although a world away in atmosphere.

On the other side of the hill from Haddon is Chatsworth.
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There is a tradition that Prince Arthur, The Prince of Wales, the oldest son of King Henry VII of England, frequently lived with Sir Henry Vernon at his house Haddon Hall.
I was unaware of that. Thank you!

Haddon is an amazing survivor. Possibly the finest unspoilt medieval manor house in England. Gorgeous gardens.

This is John Julius Norwich talking about Haddon.

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The Duke of Devonshire talks us through the Sotheby’s Chatsworth Exhibition which ran from June to September 2019.

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What makes Chatsworth so special is the extraordinary range of the art collection as demonstrated in the clip. The Royal Collection aside there are few other private collections that come close to the Cavendish one. Woburn Abbey has a fantastic collection as well but still not as fine as the one at Chatsworth. So many aritcocratic collections were sold off to pay for death duties in the C20th.

Much of the art at Chatsworth came from Devonshire House in Piccadilly when it was demolished between the wars.

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I understand that the duke had inherited bad debts but it was sad to read about the demolition of Devonshire House in 1920 and now that a modern office block stands on the site.
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I understand that the duke had inherited bad debts but it was sad to read about the demolition of Devonshire House in 1920 and now that a modern office block stands on the site.
Yes it's a pity that few of these great private palaces survive. They were prohibitively expensive to maintain & were made for entertaining on a scale no longer thought appropriate post WW1.

Some do survive of course like Lancaster House & Marlborough House but in government or royal posession. Devonshire House was rather plain on the outside but had a very fine interior. Probably the most beautiful of London's mansions, though by no means the largest, was Norfolk House in St James's Square. The site is now like that of Devonshire House a large inter war office block.

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Dublin as a great Georgian city had a number of grand aristocratic town houses as well of course. Leinster House was the largest but others like Powerscourt House were also very fine.
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Chatsworth is lovely. So's Haddon Hall, although obviously much smaller.
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Chatsworth is lovely. So's Haddon Hall, although obviously much smaller.
Literally just over the hill from each other. Wonderful countryside. Haddon is an amazing survivor from medieval times. The younger brother of the Duke of Rutland lives there now. I don't know whether he lives in the hall itself or in a more modern & manageable house on the estate. Haddon looks lovely but not terribly comfortable or practical to live in.
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Literally just over the hill from each other. Wonderful countryside. Haddon is an amazing survivor from medieval times. The younger brother of the Duke of Rutland lives there now. I don't know whether he lives in the hall itself or in a more modern & manageable house on the estate. Haddon looks lovely but not terribly comfortable or practical to live in.
Haddon Hall has also been used as a set and backdrop for many TV series and movies over the years.
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Yes indeed. Including three versions of Jane Eyre apparently. I didn't know that.
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Countess Raine Spencer spoke about Brighton.
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