The history of Chatsworth begins with Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick.
In the 17th century of the Cavendish family, the earls rose to the dukedom and the First Duke began construction on his new house.
In the 18th century, Lancelot Brown landscaped the estate and the 5th Duke married Lady Georgiana Spencer.
The house went under dramatic changes during the 19th century with the addition of the North wing, turning it into the house we see today.
The defining moment of Chatsworth in the 20th century was the opening of the estate to the general public under the 11th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The Cavendish family continue to care for Chatsworth and are always looking for new ways to share their history and the estate with their visitors.
If you would like to learn more about Chatsworth, the Cavendish family or the Devonshire Collection, we have compiled a list of further reading.
You can also find out more about the various properties and estates that have been owned by the Dukes of Devonshire on our Devonshire Properties Timeline (PDF, 807Kb).
You may also be interested in learning about the history of the garden.