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Haddon Hall Review
One of England's finest stately homes, and perhaps the most authentically Tudor of the great houses, Haddon Hall bristles with intricate period detail. Built between 1180 and 1565, the house passed into the ownership of the dukes of Rutland and remained largely untouched until the early 20th century, when the ninth duke undertook a superlative restoration. This revealed a series of early decorative 15th-century frescoes in the chapel. The finest of the intricate plasterwork and wooden paneling is best seen in the superb Long Gallery on the first floor. Baking is still done in the bread ovens in the well-preserved Tudor kitchen, using authentic Tudor methods. Here, too, is the unique collection of Gothic dole cupboards, some original to the house, which would have been filled with food and placed outside for those in need. Unsurprisingly the house is a popular filming location; its starring roles include The Princess Bride (1985), Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).
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