Hardwick Hall

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Hardwick Hall, "more glass than wall" is an early English Renaissance building, originally home to the wealthy Bess of Hardwick.  It had only recently been the case that major homes no longer needed to be fortified, thus making it possible to experiment with novel plans and, of course, large glazed areas.

There are actually two halls at Hardwick, the more famous Elizabethan one, and an older fortified house now in ruins.  The former owned by the National Trust, the latter by English Heritage.  It is a helpful reminder as to the roles these organisations play in preserving our heritage, for it is often said that the key differentiator is that English Heritage buildings rarely have a roof.

 

Gardens Old Hardwick Hardwick Hall (Summer) Hardwick Hall (Winter)

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