Pride and Prejudice House’s £33 Million Renovation

By March 21, 2018Adaptations, Literary Places

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed, is due for a renovation.

The Duke of Devonshire had decided the house needed a certain amount of care and attention, and the installation of WIFI, if it is to be financially viable in the future. It is said to be the most costly and time-consuming renovation for nearly 200 years.




The scaffolding was removed from the ‘Pride and Prejudice house’ in March 2018 to show the work that has been done over the past 10 years, costing £32.7 million. The work has restored it to its former glory with Chatsworth’s blackened sandstone cleaned and restored,, and the finials on the roof painstakingly covered in dazzling gold leaf.

Once coated in centuries of pollution, the windows are now glistening and once again the surrounding bars are covered in gold.

In the early days of the restoration, the Duke of Devonshire had remarked: ‘When it is finished it will be very vulgar but very historically correct.’

Would the Mr Darcy approve of the gaudy decor?

Check out these before and after pictures of the famous house from Pride and Prejudice (2005)




Property developers name their new community ‘Gilead’.

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Gilead‘ is known to many literature fans, and television watchers, as the theocratic, authoritarian republic run by an ultra-religious US government created by Margaret Atwood. In Gilead women have no rights, and those unfortunate enough to be able to bear children are forced into sexual slavery. Free speech doesn’t exist and any hint of backlash from the women results in drastic action from those in charge.

Bearing all that in mind: would you name your new community development Gilead?! A group in New South Wales, Australia, has done just that.

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Charles Dickens’ Contribution to Science to Feature in Exhibition

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Charles Dickens: Man of Science is a current exhibition running at the Charles Dickens Museum until November 11th and the exhibition is looking at the author’s contribution to science, and notably medicine.

Dickens astute observations on human behaviours means he spotted many illnesses and their symptoms before they were recognised by the medical community and his descriptions so accurate that they can be used to build correlation between symptoms and disease.
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£2m Revamp Complete for National Centre for Writing

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The National Centre for writing relaunches in Norwich this week following a £2 million revamp for the historic Dragon Hall. It was previously known as the Writers’ Centre, Norwich but now the facility is to be a “Physical and digital space to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing, and support the creation and enjoyment of world literature” according to a spokesman interviewed by The Bookseller this week.

Parts of the historic Dragon Hall date back to 1430, meaning any renovations had to be sympathetic. The project was given the go ahead back in 2016 and was backed by a number of high profile patrons including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, J. M Coetzee, and Sarah Perry.
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10 Things Your Local Library Needs

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A library is not strictly a building full of books to borrow- it is much, much more!

All around the world librarians and local councils are ensuring they keep up with the modern world by offering fun and interesting things alongside the books.

From a calculation of your savings, to emergency bubble wrap for times of stress- and everything in between- here is a list of ten things you wish your local library has!

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