Bakewell, Derbyshire

Sunday, 30th June 2019

Haddon Hall Entrance Great Hall Kitchen Parlour Great Chamber Long Gallery Gardens Chapel Goodbye Thank You Maps+Refs Read Me

Haddon Hall - A Mediaeval and Tudor Gem

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house, its origins going back to the 11th century. The present Haddon Hall can best be described as a mix of mediaeval and Tudor architecture, having been built in various stages between the 13th and 17th centuries. Haddon Hall is Grade I listed; its estate and gardens are separately listed at Grade I as being of Special Historic Interest. With all this history, it's not surprising that Haddon Hall has provided the historical setting for many films.

At Haddon Hall, The Long Gallery looks out on to the gardens on the south side of the house.

The important attraction of Haddon Hall is that it has survived unscathed the various political and religious events such as Cromwell's Puritanism and the change-over from the Roman Catholic Church to the Church of England. It has also avoided the changes in style from traditional to the Palladian (e.g. Robert Adam's influence) such as beset London's Osterley Park. Importantly, it also avoided the restoration zeal of the Victorians. In 1703, the 1st Duke of Rutland and his family made Belvoir Castle their main residence, and Haddon Hall remained dormant until the 1920s when the 9th Duke of Rutland realized Haddon Hall's importance and began a programme of carefully executed restoration.

Many generations of the Vernon and Manners families
are represented in this stained glass in the Parlour window.

Haddon Hall lies on the River Wye, about two miles south east of the centre of Bakewell in Derbyshire. (See this Link.) Today, the Hall is one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland and is currently occupied by his brother, Lord Edward Manners, and family. The Hall is part of the group of independent "Historic Houses".

Layout of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is built around two courtyards, appropriately called the upper and lower courtyards. Today, as mentioned, relatives of the owners of Haddon Hall live in part of the Hall. The main features which we, as visitors, saw of Haddon Hall, were the following.