Chatsworth; Past, Present and Future
Lecture | Royal Grammar School
Tuesday 1 May 2012 - 18:30 until 21:00
The Duke of Devonshire will be giving this lecture on Chatsworth and the refurbishment, both internally and externally which is currently in progress.
The first house at Chatsworth was built by 'Bess of Hardwick' (3) and her second husband Sir William Cavendish. They bought the manor of Chatsworth in 1549 and began to build in 1552. The Hunting Tower, created in the 1580s, still stands on the hill behind Chatsworth. Bess had four husbands but only had children by Sir William.
Their second son, William, became his mother's heir and bought Chatsworth from his older brother, Henry. William was made Baron Cavendish in 1605 and created Earl of Devonshire in 1618. Sir William Cavendish came from Cavendish in Suffolk. He prospered as one of King Henry VIII's commissioners for the dissolution of the monasteries.