Hardwick Old Hall and Hardwick Hall
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English Heritage and National Trust members visit for free.

Address
Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

The visitor experience at both sites will now be managed by the National Trust.

For details on opening times and visitor information please visit the National Trust website for Hardwick Hall.

Conserving Hardwick Old Hall

Hardwick Old Hall has undergone a 7 month long conservation project to protect the Hall's 400-year-old plaster friezes. Once the finest of their age, and a display of Bess of Hardwick's status and wealth, the Old Hall’s decorative plaster panels have long been exposed to the elements for two centuries.

Now, using a range of specialist skills, experts have managed to stabilise and preserve these original features, which depict beautiful plants and animals as well as allegorical scenes.

On the whole west wall – which faces out across the valley and is more exposed to weather damage – the team have completely reinstated the render on the building. The old render was analysed so that the new mix matches what was there historically and has been traditionally applied. 

Things to See and Do

Guidebook: Hardwick Old Hall

Price: £4.50

 Hardwick Hall Timeline

1527Bess of Hardwick

Elizabeth ('Bess') is born into a minor gentry family at Hardwick. Her only brother, James, later inherits the estate.

Find out more about Bess and the history of Hardwick

1542-4An Early Marriage

Bess marries Robert Barlow at the age of 15. Two years later, Robert dies on Christmas Eve.

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