Sunday, 23 July 2017

Hardwick Hall

Hi Darlings,

On my old blog, I used to have a segment called "Girl about Town," and it focused on my days out and trips etc. I have decided to resurrect it for this blog, because now I have finished university, I will hopefully be able to visit more places around London/England/wider world (finances depending.)

On Friday I graduated from university (woohoo!) and as we had to drive all the way up to Sheffield for a 9:30am ceremony (wahhhhh?!) it was decided to go up the night before. This meant that we had ample time to stop off at Hardwick Hall before continuing to our hotel. Now, my Mum and I are both History nuts, as both of us studied it, and my Mum still teaches it, so the promise of a large Elizabethan stately home was pretty exciting to say the least.

Hardwick Hall was built between 1590-1597, and was owned by Bess of Hardwick, who was an incredibly shrewd businesswoman and noble during Elizabethan England. Hardwick Hall was one of the first buildings in England to be built with Renaissance influence, previously seen in Italy during this period. It is made up of two Halls, extensive grounds and a cotton mill. As we only had limited time, we decided to wander around the New Hall and the gardens as these are probably the most impressive of the estate.

For you Harry Potter fans out there, you may recognise this location as it was used as the exterior of Malfoy Manor in the Deathly Hallows part 1!!

Back of the house leading to acres of land surrounding these estates. I can confirm I did not run through any fields.

The front of the building had this utterly stunning driveway leading up the house, which lent itself to me telling my Mum to take a picture, so excuse my derp face and focus on the beautiful architecture.

I chose to pair my trusty blue circle skirt with a lace top that has what I think are "good statement sleeves." I actually had an old lady come up to me and say she liked my outfit which was sweet, and I have to say, I felt like I had accidentally Disney-bounded as Belle!

Before we wandered around the Hall, both my Mum and I decided to sign up to a National Trust membership, because yes I am an old woman. Also, as I said, I love a good historical site or house, and if I can get in for free...well I'm not complaining. I did discover however, that many of these sites are in the South-East of England, which is around a 6 hour drive for me so, may have to explore the options in and around London! Any tips?

Until next time!

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