We have forgotten just how important, centuries ago, The Midlands of England were. The Dukeries is the name given in the 18th century to a N.W. district of Nottinghamshire, England, because it contained the estates of no less than four powerful Dukes: The Duke of Newcastle - under - Lyme resided at Clumber Park; the Duke of Kingston at Thoresby Hall (also known as Thoresby House); the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey; and the Duke of Norfolk at Worksop Manor. All these Dukes were descendants of Bess of Hardwick
(1527 - 1608), for whom Hardwick Hall was designed
Clumber House, destroyed by fire 1879. Below:
Clumber House built 1879, demolished 1938.
The Ducal seats of Thoresby
, and Welbeck
changed constantly over the decades, sometimes at the whim of the resident, sometimes fire. Clicking on the links will take you to more detailed information and pictures. For information about how the Dukeries were essentially brought about by Bess of Hardwick, see this link. Note:
Although often referred to in accounts of the Dukeries, Rufford
was not an actual ducal seat, but is included on this blog due to it's strong connections.
Even within living memory, Sherwood Forest has seen much better days. For more information about the famous outlaws of Sherwood Forest visit the Robin Hood Blog
. Also, for modern day videos of both Dukeries and Robin Hood related historic sites, visit my Youtube page
Labels: Bess of Hardwick, Clumber, Dukeries, Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, Thoresby