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Talk, Tue 9 May 2017


Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall


Hardwick Estate

01246 850430


Hardwick Hall,
Doe Lea,
S44 5QJ


Duchess Evelyn, the last member of the Cavendish family to make Hardwick her main residence, differed in so many ways from the first lady to live there - Bess of Hardwick. In other ways, however, they were similar; strong determined women, with large families whose arguably greatest achievements came in their widowhood.

Evelyn was Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary throughout her life and the two women had a deep and affectionate friendship. This relationship has inspired the creation of “Duchess Evelyn’s robes” a stunning interpretation of both Evelyn’s position within society as well as her deep friendship with Mary. The robes were created by Christine Anderson, master dressmaker. In this talk award-winning designer Christine Anderson talks about her inspiration for the creation of "Duchess Evelyn's robes"

Please note – booking is essential for this event

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 9 May 2017 10:30 to 12:30


£25.00 per person



See location of Hardwick Estate on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 467646  Lat: 53.17654 Long: -1.30214

Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take first turning on left (following brown signs for Hardwick Hall). Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left passing underneath M1 motorway. Follow road past Stainsby Mill and turn right onto Hardwick Estate. Follow brown signs to car park.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Stay on A617 to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout select right lane and take 5th exit (A6175, signposted Clay Cross). Then follow route from North/South.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre

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