An alliance of two great historic houses: Haddon and Hardwick unite to celebrate the anniversary of Smythson

To mark 400 years this October since the death of the architect Robert Smythson – whose work was behind the design of many of the country’s important Elizabethan houses – two of the country’s finest historic houses are coming together for the first time ever, to offer joint tours.

Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, both located in Derbyshire, are uniting to offer special Smythson Tours throughout October, giving visitors a unique opportunity to explore in one day the architect’s designs at these two historic sites.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Whilst Hardwick Hall is a recognised masterpiece of Smythson’s architectural style, it’s still to be finally proven that his designs were behind the magnificent Long Gallery at Haddon Hall, but many clues point to Smythson’s work… *

The Long Gallery at Haddon hall

The Long Gallery at Haddon Hall

Owner of Haddon Hall, Lady Edward Manners, says: “Linking Haddon with Hardwick Hall and The National Trust is a wonderful opportunity to mark the anniversary of such an important English architect. We are almost certain Robert Smythson’s work was behind the magnificent Long Gallery for which Haddon is so famous, and perhaps this month of specialist tours between the two houses will etch out the final evidence to prove our theory right.”

Enjoy special, same-day tours at Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall on Mondays throughout October at pre-booked times throughout the day.

A joint ticket is just £30 per person which includes the two specialist tours led by expert guides. To book tickets, call the Hardwick Estate Office on 01246 850430 or for more details go to:  and


For more information, photographs or interviews please contact: Jane Travis, Communications Consultant, on or call 07779 586312

Notes to editors

* Evidence which strongly suggests Haddon Hall’s Long Gallery being the work of Robert Smythson includes:

– Haddon’s fishscale panelling design matching the fishscale panelling at Longleat

– a piece of Smythson panelling at Wollaton with designs clearly characteristic to that of the Haddon Long Gallery

– a stairwell Smythson designed at Wolfeton Manor in Dorset which is parallel to the garden terrace balustrade and steps at Haddon.

·         Haddon Hall is situated between Bakewell and Matlock in the Peak District National Park and is three miles from Chatsworth House.

·         Lord Edward Manners inherited Haddon in 1999 on the death of his father the 10th Duke of Rutland. Manners is the family name of the Dukes of Rutland. Lord Edward is married to Gabrielle, Lady Edward Manners and they have twin boys Alfred and Vesey who were born in November 2013.

·         Haddon was built as a Norman fort at the beginning of the 12th Century making it one the oldest houses in the country – and was added to and developed from then to the 17th century.


·         Hardwick Hall (National Trust) was created by Bess of Hardwick in the late 16th century. In the centuries since then gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiders and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. In 2014, Hardwick marks the 400th anniversary of architect Robert Smythson with a series of celebrations, including pop-up workshops, tours and talks, where you will discover what influenced Smythson’s work and the story behind the stone. Website


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