Bolsover Castle is a peculiar mix of a medieval fortress, a 17th-century manor house, a stately home, and a romantic folly. The castle was established in the Norman period, but Bolsover, as we see it today, was largely the work of Sir Charles Cavendish and his son, William, 1st Duke of Devonshire. Perhaps fittingly, the Cavendish's, father and son, called on the services of architect Robert Smythson, and, when he died, his son John, to transform the Norman castle into a comfortable Jacobean residence.
England, S44 6PR
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