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Hardwick New Hall

In the civil parish of Ault Hucknall.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK4622963746
Latitude 53.16891° Longitude -1.30993°

Hardwick New Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Walls and lodges enclosing the gardens in two rectangular enclosures. 1590-97 probably by Robert Smythson. Sandstone ashlar. Chamfered copings surmounted by unusual finials forming a kind of crenellation. Polygonal lodge to the west and triangular bastion-like banqueting house. The entrance has a chamfered round-arch and square tower-like central section. Polygonal finials and elaborate strapwork cresting. (Listed Building Report)

The high stone wall that defines the court to Hardwick New Hall in Derbyshire is punctuated by beaked towers and crowned by curious obelisk and strapwork projections, a fashionable alternative to battlements. The idea at Hardwick may in fact be lifted from the towered gatehouse set in the main facade of Chatsworth, built by Bess and her first husband, Sir William Cavendish, from 1549. (Goodall, p. 459)
Comments

Since the Old Hall was in use as ancillary accommodation to the New Hall and is outside the boundary wall the man function of that wall was to define high status social space. However, this can also be said of a great number of crenellated precinct walls of earlier medieval buildings which are very often described as 'fortifications'.
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