Posted by: travelrat | August 3, 2021

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House: 19th July 2021

We didn’t get to see the Crooked Spire after all; SATNAV took us on a round-the-houses tour of Derbyshire to Chatsworth House. This is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and previous dukes seem to have been a selection of pack-rats. The house is crammed with paintings and artefacts of all kinds. All in all, it seems to be an attempt to ‘out-jones’ the owners of other stately homes.

So, if you’re not a fan of this kind of thing, Chatsworth doesn’t appear to have much to offer. No safari park: no motor museum. But, it does have a nice garden, designed by none other than Capability Brown, the outstanding feature being the imposing fountain.

Then, a slog up a busy motorway to the Holiday Inn at Newton Aycliffe, where we’re staying for the next couple of days.

I took a quick walk down the road to see if I could improve on the photograph of the ‘In Our Image ‘ sculpture on a previous visit. All that’s visible now is his head, protruding above the surrounding foliage.


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