Chatsworth comprises a Grade I listed house and stables, a 105-acre garden, a 1,822-acre park, a farmyard and adventure playground, and one of Europe’s most significant private art collections.

It has been home to sixteen generations of the Cavendish family for nearly five centuries.  Each has contributed to its careful evolution and preservation, creating the estate, archives and collections we enjoy today. 

Meet the members of the Cavendish family below, discover their stories and their influence on Chatsworth, England and the world. 

You can also read about the changes each family member made to Chatsworth House, Garden and the wider estate during their tenure and meet the talented craftspeople who helped them fulfil their vision. 

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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

For information about servants and staff who have worked for the Cavendish family in past centuries, visit our Historic Servants and Staff database. 

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