Legacy of a formidable woman...

This is the splendiframous Hardwick Hall, built by one of the most powerful characters in Tudor England, Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury but known universally as Bess of Hardwick.

She was four times married, had eight children, was one of the richest nobles in England, a personal friend of Queen Elizabeth I and lived to the age of eighty… quite a piece of work!

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    • # Marilyn Grimble

      Well ... it makes our humble attempt at eco-friendly construction look pitiful!
      However I like the formal lines right down to the triangular trees ... I'm also intrigued so will google Bess to learn more.

      2012.05.04 Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Sounds like she had quite a busy and interesting life as well as an impressive home to match her personality!

      2012.05.04 Reply Cancel

    • # S&M

      Ah, Bess - what a character... Allow me to point out that I see a bit of geometric distortion (image centre), which is easy to fix in post and rather harder if it's my eyesight.

      2012.05.05 Reply Cancel

    • # Stormfish

      and apparently, she had architectural taste. for her time, this is an amazing strcuture... look at the huge fragile windows! :-)

      2012.05.09 Reply Cancel

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