Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has passed away

We’re sad to announce that Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Cavendish has died aged 94

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. Credit: National Trust

The Duchess of Devonshire was the chatelaine of Chatsworth House in Yorkshire and was also the owner of Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire before it was passed over to the National Trust in 1959.

She was responsible for making Chatsworth one of the most successful stately homes in England and continued to have a great interest in Hardwick after it was put under the National Trust’s care – the Duchess continued to visit Hardwick frequently passing on her stories of the house to the team.

Denise Edwards, General Manager at Hardwick said:

“The Duchess knew Hardwick very well and was always keen to visit whenever we opened a new room or tried something different.  She was ever so charming and took the time to talk to the staff and volunteers.  She was an amazing lady and will be much missed.

“Our thoughts are with the family and her many friends at this time.”

The property has opened a book of condolences for staff, volunteers and visitors to sign.

Hardwick Hall is a grand Elizabethan house in Derbyshire which is in 2014 celebrating the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson, who designed this house.

For more information, visit the Hardwick Hall website. 

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