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Bess of Hardwick

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Elizabeth Cavendish, later Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (c. 1527 – 13 February 1608), known as Bess of Hardwick (née Elizabeth Hardwick)

Bess of Hardwick was a very rich woman in 16th century England and was a close friend of Elizabeth I. She was born in the village of Hardwick in Derbyshire and was married four times.

Bess was well known for textiles and her passionate building projects, the most famous of which are the Chatsworth estate and Hardwick Hall. She found herself frequently staying in Derby where she founded the Shrewsbury Hospital, which was similar to an Almshouse for the poor and needy.

Bess died when she was 80, which was very old for those days and was buried in Derby Cathedral. Her legacy lives on through her buildings and also the Cavendish family, which still occupies Chatsworth today.


The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, jobs and business start-ups in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It’s invested £1.65million from its Local Growth Fund allocation in a Derby City Council city centre improvement scheme, which includes the Made in Derby project.

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