I wanted to bring my husband here because as a mathematician he likes to see pattern and symmetry in things around him. He spots patterns everywhere. I knew Hardwick Hall would interest him.
I of course, was fascinated by the History and also the Hall's formidable former owner Bess Hardwick, a woman born before her time. (More about her later)
Hardwick has two halls, a ruined old hall and a beautiful, symmetrical Hall although surprisingly they were built only a few years apart. Hardwick is a Grade 1 listed building and is near the town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It was built in Italianate style during the reign of Elizabeth Tudor around 1590
Today it is owned and managed by the National Trust whilst the Old Hall is managed by English Heritage.