We are now in the final stages of displaying the Great Dining room after the deep clean of the whole of the House, including the cleaning of the chandelier which contains 2,763 individual pieces! This year we shall be using a different, and much larger, table in here which is actually the table bought by the 6th Duke of Devonshire to fit this room when the long north wing of the house was built in 1832. I thought that the table would appear too large, but it’s amazing how perfect it is in the space, and now that it’s been thoroughly cleaned, we are looking forward to clothing it, and setting out the porcelain, glass and silver. The cloth we shall be bringing out of store is Irish linen and bears the Chatsworth laundry mark of 1892 and is an amazing 10 yards long! Just imagine the wonderful dinners that must have taken place in here over the years…

Christine Robinson

Head housekeeper

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