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Day Visit : Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan masterpiece created in the 1500s by the powerful Bess of Hardwick. There is much to see, huge Flemish tapestries, Persian Table Carpets, Painted Wall Hangings, Inlaid Furniture, Portraits and the finest collection of 16th. and early 17th. century needlework in the world. The gardens house lovely walled courtyards enclosing pretty orchards,  beautiful lawns and a fragrant herb garden.

Bess was a powerful but controversial figure.  At times  she suffered greatly, two children and four husbands died and often she had massive debts.  Nevertheless she  rose to become the second richest woman in the country after Queen Elizabeth 1st.  She was responsible for the creation of both Hardwick and Chatsworth.

There is an opportunity to see an exciting and innovative exhibition, "We Are Bess",  in which modern women reflect on her life and the similarities  with their own experiences.