|Side view of the new hall|
Walking around the new house was like taking a step back into the past. The house doesn’t look like it’s been changed much since the Elizabethan and Stuart periods especially with all the tapestries hanging around the walls. I haven’t taken photos of the tapestries as I do believe that things become worn out from looking at them and know that photos also contribute to this. The majority of the tapestries have already had restoration work done to them and if you get close enough to them you can see the stitching joining the bits of broken needlework together. The time and detail that had gone into this to make you unaware of it is inspiring, if it hadn’t been mentioned before I doubt I would have gone looking for it. Which could have been good for me as then I wouldn’t have been spotted crouching on the floor staring at a wall. Also, added fact! The new Hardwick Hall building was used as the outside front for the Malfoy’s Mansion in the Deathly Hallows films, honestly I think thisis one of the best facts to know!
|Old hall from the new hall|
You can also take a walk around the gardens surrounding the new hall. There were a lot of different sorts of plants and it even has its own herb garden which is still used today. Along one wall they’ve created a tiny fairy village with doors leading into trees and even made it look like little houses with washing hanging out on lines next to them. It was definitely an unexpected benefit to the visit that day.
|Cute tiny woodland houses!|
With the National Trust membership that we bought that day we were also able to go in the old hall as well. This was the original hall that Bess had grown up in but it has definitely seen better days. A lot of the building was destroyed and the materials sold to build other places around the country. In the part that still has walls, it has fallen into disrepair. The majority of the floors are gone from the upper levels and only the interconnecting hallway between them is still there, but you can still walk to the top of the tower and see the views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside.
|Top of the tower|
I’d never thought of getting a National Trust membership and visiting old places around the country, but for under 25s it’s only £32 or so for the year and you only really need to visit like 4 places in the year to make it worthwhile. Honestly, with my love of history and old buildings it’s weird that I’ve never thought of doing this before but really glad that I have and will hopefully be visiting more places in the future.
Hasta la fuego