Right Hon. Lady Dorothy Ashley-Cooper (1656-1698), c 1678-79
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Daughter of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutlland. Married Anthony Ashley-Cooper.
Haddon Hall is one of the finest example of a medieval manor house currently in existence in England. The hall is one of the seats of the Dukes of Rutland (Manners Family) and lies alongside the River Wye, just south of Bakewell. The Manners family inherited Haddon after John Manners, brother of the 2nd Earl of Rutland, married Dorothy one of the co-heiresses of Sir George Vernon 'King of the Peak', the last Vernon of Haddon Hall. The Rutlands used the hall very little in the 18th and 19th centuries, so it was almost unaltered since the end of the 16th century when the 9th Duke realised its importance and began restoration in the 1920s. The Vernons had lived at Haddon for four centuries. The present Duke of Rutland, Edward Manners, still owns the hall.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.