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Bolsover Castle

  • Earlier Houses: A Norman castle existed on the site of the current castle.

    Built / Designed For: Charles of Hardwick

    House & Family History: John Smythson designed the House in the early 17th century. The Little Castle was built in 1612 for Sir Charles Cavendish, later Duke of Newcastle.

  • Architect: Samuel Marsh

    Date: 17th century
    Designed: Work for 2nd Duke of Newcastle

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    Architect: John Smythson

    Date: Early 17th century
    Designed: Work for Charles of Hardwick

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 204, 1852. 2.S. Vol. II, p. 199, 1855.

    Country Life: XVI, 198, 1904.

  • Title: How to Read a Country House
    Author: Musson, Jeremy
    Year Published: 2005
    Reference: pg. 24
    Publisher: London: Ebury Press
    ISBN: 009190076X
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Edwardian Great House, The
    Author: Airs, Malcom (Editor)
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pg. 77
    Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University
    ISBN: 0903736306
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Hardwick Hall Guidebook
    Author: Girouard, Mark
    Year Published: 1996
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 0707800986
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Jane Eyre" (2006 - BBC mini series, the Riding House was used as the interior of Lowood School, with false floor and dressed with furniture and wall hangings from the period).
  • Past Seat / Home of: William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle- Upon-Tyne, 17th century. William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: English Heritage

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01246-822-844

    Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

    Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk

    Awards: HETB Visitor Attraction of the Year, 2001.

    Historic Houses Member: No