Read online or download a free book: Chatsworth: A Landscape History (Landscapes Of Britain S.)
Publisher: Windgather Press; 1st edition (1 Dec. 2005)
By: John Barnatt(Author)
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Set within the stunning landscape of the Peak District NationalPark, exquisite Chatsworth House is one of the most visitedproperties in England. Its vast gardens and parks, which stand indirect contrast to the upland moors that surround them, are theresult of a labour of love by successive dukes and duchesses ofDevonshire over a period of three hundred years (1600 to 1900).This wonderful book explores the history of this landscape both`BC' (`Before Chatsworth') and later, beginning with the earliestlandscaping of the Elizabethan Bess of Hardwick and the ambitiousproject of the first dukes to create gardens and landscapes thatcomplemented their innovative, state-of-the-art mansion,completed at the turn of the 18th century. Intended `to delight,amuse and impress', the landscape was the result of earthmovingon a massive scale, culminating in the extraordinary Canal Pond.Further afield, a deer park, enclosures, lakes, weirs, cascadesand driveways tamed the moors. The landscape was repeatedlytransformed and recreated by successive generations of dukes,designers and architects, notably Capability Brown who`naturalised' the grounds in the 18th century, while 19th-centurytastes created much of what we see today, with conservatories,arboretums, Paxton's Emperor Fountain and the model village ofEdensor. The authors also survey the earlier history ofChatsworth, the archaeology of the surrounding peaks, theremains of the medieval village of Edensor which, as was oftenthe case with country estates, was swept away only to be laterresurrected according to Victorian taste, and a number of fine,ancient oaks which have seen it all and still stand today. Thebook is illustrated throughout with many excellent colourphotographs of the estate, and old plans and paintings whichdemonstrate the many changes the centuries have brought. Anotherexcellent landscape study by Windgather Press.
John Barnatt has worked in the Peak District for five decades, as a survey archaeologist for the National Park since 1989, carrying out survey, excavation and assessment reports of many monuments and other sites here. One of his long-standing passions has been reaching understandings of the region’s prehistory.
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