HADDON HALL - 18/09/06 & 04/06

It isn't a place for paws but Haddon Hall is worthy of a visit for its imposing manor house dating from the 12th to the 17th century and impressive gardens. The Hall is located in Derbyshire just off the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley. For more details including opening times and admission costs the Haddon Hall website can be found here.

Haddon Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567, it overlooks the River Wye which flows from above Buxton to join the Derwent at nearby Rowsley.
The Hall was neglected for over two hundred years from 1700 into the 20th century before being restored by 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland in the 1920's. It is this period of neglect that has helped to preserve so many of the original features at the Hall as it did not undergo alterations and modernisation during these dormant years as some great houses did.
Back in April 06 the BBC were here filming Sandy Welch's new adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Toby Stephens as Mr Rochester and Ruth Wilson as Jane Eyre. The new series which starts on Sunday 24th September 06 on BBC1 in the UK was also filmed at other Derbyshire locations including Stanage Edge, Chatsworth, Dovedale and Ilam Hall. In the new four part adaptation Haddon Hall is used as the location for Thornfield Hall, home of Edward Rochester.
The Hall was also used in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice as the set for the Inn at Lampton along with a Franco Zeffirelli 1996 version of Jane Eyre, The Prince and the Pauper and Granada Television's Moll Flanders. It may see visitor numbers rise with the increasing tourist trend for visiting well known TV and film locations, known as 'set-jetting'.
Interiors of the hall above feature the kitchen and the 110 feet long by 17 feet wide long gallery dating from late in the 16th century. The inhabitants of the hall would have exercised in the oak panelled long gallery during times of bad weather.


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