The delightful Year 10 historians travelled to the Elizabethan period on a recent visit to Hardwick Hall. Bess of Hardwick was the second richest woman in England, having risen from lowly Gentry status through 4 marriages. By all accounts she was likeable and witty and had considerable business acumen. This enabled her to build the hall in her 60s and furnish it to a luxurious and extravagant standard.
In fact, Hardwick Hall is the ultimate in status symbols with all the modern features of the period: glass windows, fireplaces, stone staircases, tall ceilings and a long gallery to rival the best. Bess hoped her granddaughter would become Queen and built her home for royalty but no royal ever visited there. However, Bess was the matriarch of the Cavendish family who became the Dukes of Devonshire, housed at Chatsworth.
Year 10 were super on the trip and enjoyed seeing all aspects of their classroom learning come to life. They now need to pull all their research together in a summer project. Well done, Year 10 and I look forward to seeing the results.