If you are thinking of a visit, be aware satnav will try and lead you the wrong way, it's best to get so far and then look out for the brown signs and follow them.
I took so many pictures at Harwick, so I think I'm going to split them over 4 posts. First up is my photos from the outside:-
Harwick is an Elizabethan country house built between 1590 and 1597 for Elizabeth Talbot (aka. Bess of Harwick). Bess was a battleaxe, she married four times, become in successfully more wealthy and powerful.
The skyline of the hall is stamped with Bess' initials, E.S for Elizabeth Shrewsbury. The property is a statement of independent nature as well as a display of wealth. Bess was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth.
|the back of Harwick|
Harwick was built during a period that it was no longer necessary to fortify properties, so was designed with aesthetics in mind rather than strength.
|the front of the building|
The exterior of Hardwick featured in two Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 as the Malfoy manor.