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Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire in 1900's | by Brownie Bear
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Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire in 1900's

The Long Gallery was furnished in this fashion from the time of the 6th Duke until the National Trust opened the property to the public in c.1962. The gallery is situated on the 2nd floor and takes up the entire east front of the house.

 

The house was offered in lieu of Estate Duty to the Treasury in 1956 and transferred to the National Trust in 1959. The Trust then had a habit of taking a view that a property exemplifies a particular period. In the case of Hardwick they returned the rooms as much as possible to their 16th century appearance despite the fact that the house had not been furnished or presented in this manner for centuries. This outlook also resulted in many of the furnished rooms on the 1st floor not being opened to public view - as the furnishings are 18th and 19th century and thus 'not in keeping' with the period of the house. Until the early 1990's only three rooms (excluding staircase landings) on the first floor were open to the public.

 

The rush matting that is such a feature of the house was re-introduced by Evelyn, Duchess of Devonshire. She was the wife of the 9th Duke (1908-1938). Hardwick served as her dower house from 1938 until her death in 1960.

 

I used to be a Room Steward here when I was a teenager. I won these 1900's glass slides on ebay.

  

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Taken sometime in 1905