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Former Chatsworth pupils relive memories of Second World War

Former pupils of a boarding school housed at Chatsworth during the Second World War, have returned to the stately home to see their dormitories brought back to life.

The girls were all relocated from Colwyn Bay in Wales to Derbyshire, because their school building was being used by the government.

They were housed in the state drawing room, which had originally been used by visiting royals:


Family give back to cancer charity in son's memory

Now it is always nice to find a bit of money you had forgotten about and at Chatsworth House in North Derbyshire they did just that. They raised over seven thousand pounds for charity - from coins found in a fountain.

It is thanks to the efforts of Tony Verdon and his family. Last year Tony lost his son Sam to cancer and was determined to do something in his memory. Here's Sarah Clark.

Around a quarter of a million coins retrieved from Chatsworth House fountain

The Duke of Devonshire met with Tony Verdon and his family at the old stables at Chatsworth House this morning to recognise Tony's efforts at retrieving more than a quarter of a million coins from the courtyard fountain.

Tony lost his 22-year-old son Sam to cancer last year. Since then he's been helping to clean out the fountain which had become clogged with cash.

They retrieved £7,000 pounds which will go to Macmillan Cancer Support who helped Tony and his family through his son's illness

Tony using a cement mixer and jet washer to clean coins

Tony used a cement mixer and jet washer to clean the coins which all had to be counted and cleaned before being handed into the NatWest Bank.

He said: ''At first we thought we were looking at 25 small bags of coins. It was only when two vans turned up at my house with 87 large sacks I realised this was going to be a bigger project than I originally thought!"

Duke and Duchess show of sculptures

Some of the world's best contemporary sculptures will be on display to the public at Chatsworth House from next week - but today the media was lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire proudly showed off the "Beyond Limits" exhibition, which has become one of the estate's most popular annual attractions. Organised by Sothebys, the 20 magnificent pieces are spread across 105 acres of historic gardens.


Sculptures at Chatsworth House

More than 20 sculptures have been revealed to the press today by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the garden at Chatsworth for the Beyond Limits exhibition.

A specially commissioned work by Allen Jones is part of a strong British contingent including Marc Quinn, Thomas Heatherwick and Bill Woodrow. The exhibition runs from Monday September 9th until October 27th.

Chatsworth House provides wonderful setting for a sculpture Credit: Calendar news
Colourful creation Credit: Calendar news
All in a spin Credit: Calendar news
Exhibition opens September 9th Credit: Calendar news

VIDEO: Duke and Duchess at Chatsworth Country Fair

Thousands of visitors are expected at Chatsworth House over the next three days as the stately home hosts its annual country fair. Organisers expect visitors numbers to be up after many shows this year were washed out.

And there was more good news for Chatsworth home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It's just been voted the UK's favouritive stately home in a Which magazine poll.

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