Author Archives: aides mémoires

Haddon Hall

This was a lovely, even charming, building – a mediaeval fortified house which was virtually unused in the 18th and 19th centuries. Unlike Hardwick Hall and Kedleston Hall, which were built as set pieces, Haddon Hall has been extended and … Continue reading

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Kedleston Hall

My other reason for coming to Derbyshire – this time an OU course on the Enlightenment. In the unlikely event that I should ever feel sorry for the aristocracy, I shall remember that the Curzon family – like the Cavendishes at … Continue reading

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Bolsover Castle

The view over Derbyshire is wonderful. The castle was rebuilt by Charles Cavendish, one of Bess of Hardwick’s sons, in 1611-17, employing Robert Smythson. A riding school and state apartments for a visit by Charles II and his queen were … Continue reading

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Hardwick Hall

This was what I really wanted to see – and it didn’t disappoint. The difference between studying it as part of an OU course (as an example of English Renaissance) and seeing it in the flesh is that you are … Continue reading

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Chatsworth House

I prefer people’s palaces to aristocrats’ palaces, and Chatsworth House isn’t going to change my mind. It’s a vast commercial venture centred around a lumber-room of a house. It’s crammed full of potentially interesting artefacts, but I am still irritated … Continue reading

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Buxton

I know I have been here before, but I don’t have any particular recollection of it. This, for instance: or the Crescent, paid for by the 5th Duke of Devonshire and designed by John Carr 1780-89. It’s currently undergoing renovation … Continue reading

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Hereditary

Dir Ari Aster, with Toni Collette A curate’s egg, but I came out of the cinema very underwhelmed. Visually it was intriguing and disquieting: it began by zooming into a doll’s house, which then morphed into a real bedroom and … Continue reading

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