As promised here are some more pictures from the walk I took last week. Today I am going to show you the village of Edensor, which is pronounced ‘Ensor’. It is set in parkland that surrounds Chatsworth House which is owned by the Devonshire family, whose stately home is only short walk away.
Originally the village of Edensor was much closer to Chatsworth House but the fouth Duke of Devonshire had it removed because he didn’t want to look out of his window and see the houses. The tenants were re-housed in the nearby estate villages of Pilsley and Beeley. It was The sixth Duke who eventually completed the dismantling of the old village and built the present one. There is just one house and garden left from the original village and it is believed that this was spared because the tenant was an elderly man who did not want to move and the duke in an act of kindness allowed him to stay. The house that is left is behind the hill that hides the new village so I don’t think there is much chance that anyone from the big house can have their day ruined by seeing it when the curtains are drawn back on a morning.
It is thought that when the different plans for the new village were shown to the Duke he was busy with other matters (killing Pheasants no doubt) and that after quickly looking through the different designs could not make up his mind and so chose all the different styles that were on offer. The designs ranging from Norman to Jacobean, Swiss-style to Italian villas are all here at Edensor.
There are many interesting things on offer in Edensor one of which can be found in the churchyard where at the top of which can be found the grave of Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of the late President of the USA. She was married to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, the eldest son and heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire on May 6, 1944. Her husband was killed in action only four months later in World War 2. Only four years later his wife was killed in an air crash. In June, 1963, John F Kennedy, the President of the United States visited the grave -- five months before being assassinated
In the bottom left corner of this picture you can just see the wall of the garden of the only remaining house left from the original village of Edensor.
The view from the top of the village looking back towards the parkland.