Built in the 12th Century by the Peverel family, the castle was taken over by the Cavendish family in 1608. William Cavendish, the first Duke of Newcastle used the castle to entertain King Charles I prior to the Civil War when the castle was taken over by the Parliamentarian forces.
Cavendish went into exile, returning upon the restoration of the monarchy, when his Dukedom was conferred.
View of the exterior of the long gallery
Remains of the main rooms, where King Charles would have visited.
Entrance to the "Little Castle" - the only part still wholly intact.
One of the rooms in the Little Castle.
Painting on one of the ceilings - depitcing Christ's ascent into heaven.
We enjoy visiting these places - exploring our history.