Sorry I have been so slow with my bogs lately! After we visited Sudbury Hall & Museum, we went on to the other side of Derbyshire and went to Kedleston Hall. Which was pretty magnificent actually! The film The Duchess (with Keira Knightley) was shot here so it has been very busy with visitors since. As common folk, we had to enter through the bottom doors and into this huge room with lots of statues and matching fire places at each side of the wall.
The house was inherited by Sir Nathaniel Curzon in 1758 when he was 32 years old, he then preceeded to knock the house down and rebuild what is now Kedleston Hall. Nathaniel was married to Lady Caroline Colyear and the house rebuild was mainly funded by the dowry from her father.
'My name is George Nathaniel Curzon
I am a most superior person
My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek
I dine at Blenheim once a week'
He was a very busy man and also bought and restored two other properties which are now also managed by National Trust. They are Tattershall Castle (not been there yet!) and the other is Bodiam Castle, which we visited in 2009. Here is a photo of the children outside the beautiful moated castle. They look so small, I can't believe that was 2 years ago.
This was a beautiful painting of Lady Curzon, who was an American heiress. She married Lord George Nathaniel Curzon in 1895, after a secret 2 year engagement. She become Viceriene of India and was ranked the second highest woman in the British Empire after the Queen! (And she was home educated too) She was very stunning to boot! I loved this dress and it was lovely to see it in the display gallery further round the house. Sadly she died in 1906 leaving behind her three young daughters.
Ruben loved this chess set and asked if he could have one too. Maybe....the next time I happen to be in Calcutta I might pick him one up.....
The table full of glassware
The very grand exterior of the house. I struggled to fit it all in to be honest!
Would highly recommend a visit!!