This post was most recently updated on March 15th, 2019
4th Duke Of Devonshire
The next few Dukes of Devonshire remained active in British politics but made no changes to Chatsworth House, perhaps unable to improve on what the 1st Duke had created.
The 4th Duke, who was for a short time Prime Minister of Great Britain left the house alone but left his own mark on Chatsworth by remodelling the park and garden.
Enlisting the help of famous landscape architect Capability Brown, the 4th Duke changed the view from Chatsworth, razing stables, offices and a whole village of cottages to ensure the scene from his windows was as pleasing as possible.
Gone were the over-pruned formal gardens of the 17th century and 18th century gardens of cultivated wilderness were introduced. The 4th Duke’s marriage to Lady Charlotte Boyle, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Burlington, is also notable as Charlotte was the heiress of five huge estates and a staggering collection of books, drawings, paintings and sculpture.