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Haddon Hall

  • House & Family History: Haddon is a large house built around a courtyard, with alterations over several centuries. William Peverel, an illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, is the first recorded master of Haddon, when the estate was part of the Domesday manor of Bakewell. Peverel's descendants owned the House for 100 years, before Haddon passed to the Vernon family. Henry VIII's older brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales, was often a guest of the Vernon family at Haddon. Years later, in 1565, when the then-owner, Sir George Vernon (known as "King of ye Peake"), died without male issue, Haddon passed to his daughter Dorothy and her husband, John Manners, (according to legend, Dorothy Vernon fled from the Long Gallery in 1563 during a ball held for the wedding of her sister to elope with John Manners). Thus Haddon passed to the Manners family, later dukes of Rutland, during the late 16th century. The Manners concentrated their resources on, and made their primary seat at, Belvoir Castle, Lincolnshire, and Haddon was left to a slow decay. The House was unoccupied during most the 18th, all of the 19th, and the early part of the 20th centuries. When Horace Walpole visited in 1760 he found the House "totally stript" and abandoned. Haddon was restored by the 9th Duke of Rutland, beginning in 1912 (the restoration was completed by 1927). The earliest parts of Haddon are Peveril's Tower, which, along with parts of the Chapel and the remaining 12-foot boundary walls, date from the late Norman era. The Great Hall was added circa 1370. The kitchens are an extremely important Tudor survival, while the Parlour and Great Chamber to the south of the Great Hall were rebuilt in the late 15th century. Haddon is famous for its Long Gallery, the window panes of which are angled to catch the light in a magical way that casts light around the room. A painting entitled "On the Terrace at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, 1840" is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. The Edwardian Room (formerly a restaurant) at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City was modeled on Haddon's Banqueting Hall.

    Collections: The House contains a notable collection of tapestries.

    Comments: Because of the preservation work of the 9th Duke of Rutland, Haddon is today considered the best surviving example of a Medieval great house (it has been little altered since the reign of Henry VIII). The House is frequently called the most romantic country house in England.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Winner of the HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award, 1993. The Haddon Estate is approximately 3,000 acres today.

    Chapel & Church: The Chapel is famous for its medieval wall paintings.

  • 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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 50, 1854.

    Country Life: IX, 693, 1901. CVI, 1651, 1742 plan, 1814, 1884, 1949.

  • Title: How to Read a Country House
    Author: Musson, Jeremy
    Year Published: 2005
    Reference: pg. 7
    Publisher: London: Ebury Press
    ISBN: 009190076X
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Movie Locations: A Guide to Britain & Ireland
    Author: Adams, Mark
    Year Published: 2000
    Publisher: London: Boxtree
    ISBN: 0752271695
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Treasure Houses of Britain" (1985 - TV mini series). "Lady Jane" (1985). "The Princess Bride" (1987 - as Prince Humperdinck's castle). "The Lady and the Highwayman" (1989 - TV movie). "Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair" (1990 - TV mini series, as the castle of the giants at Harfang). "Jane Eyre" (1996 - as Mr. Rochester's Thornfield, with the addition of a false roof and tall chimney). "The Prince and the Pauper" (1996). "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (1996 - TV mini series). "Elizabeth I" (1997). "Elizabeth" (1998 - the garden is used when Elizabeth is told she is the new queen of England). "Pride and Prejudice" (2005). "Jane Eyre" (2006 - BBC mini series, as Thornfield Hall). "A Tudor Feast at Christmas" (2006 - TV documentary). "Buildings That Shaped Britain" (2006 - TV documentary series by Simon Thurley, episode 4, "The Country House"). "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008). "Jane Eyre" (2011). "Gunpowder" (2017 - TV mini series).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Lord Edward Manners; Manners family here since 1565.

    Past Seat / Home of: William Peverel, 11th century; Peverel family here from circa 1087 until 1153. William Avenell, 12th century; Avenell family here (as tenants) from 1153 until 1170. Sir Richard de Vernon, 12th century; Sir Richard Vernon, 15th century; Sir William Vernon, 15th century; Sir Henry Vernon, 16th century; Sir George Vernon, 1517-65; Vernon family here from 1170 until 1565. Sir John Manners, 1565-1611; George Manners, 1611-23; John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland, 1641-79; John Manners, 1st Duke of Rutland and 9th Earl of Rutland, 1679-1703; Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, 18th century; John Henry Montagu Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, 1913-40; Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland, 1940-99.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01629-812-855

    Fax: 01629-814-379

    Email: info@haddonhall.co.uk

    Website: http://www.haddonhall.co.uk

    Awards: Christie's/HHA Garden of the Year Award 1993.

    Historic Houses Member: Yes