|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.