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Attic sale funds Renewable Energy Centre at Chatsworth

The Chatsworth Renewable Energy Centre will be officially opened today.

Its low carbon heat and power system will feed 97% of electricity and 72% of heating to the 300-room house, garden, shops and restaurants.

A general view of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: Lucy Bogustawski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The centre has been funded by an attic sale of items in 2010. It has cost more than £2.5 million to build.

The Duke of Devonshire, said: “By using funds raised from the attic sale the past is playing its part in providing Chatsworth with a sustainable future by helping reduce our carbon footprint and supporting the on-going maintenance of our woodlands and ecosystem.”

Exhibition marks Pride and Prejudice anniversary

Keira Knightley starred in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at Chatsworth House. Credit: PA Wire

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire will open a special exhibition on Saturday 27th July to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austin's classic Pride and Prejudice.

The stately home is widely regarded as Austen's inspiration for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. Chatsworth was also used as a setting for the movie starring Keira Knightley.

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Chatsworth House gets a deep clean

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is starting its anual deep clean today after the festive period.

Every year a team take down the last of their Christmas decorations and begin their cleaning process.

Philip Bowmer, helping take down the last of the festive decorations Credit: ITV Central

This is the last of the 30 trees to be taken down, which have been up since the beginning of November.

30,000 books have to be dusted in the library and the crystals on their huge chandeliers have to be cleaned.

The house has 300 rooms, hundreds of windows, miles of carpet and dozens of curtains.

Chatsworth House brings Christmas to Derbyshire

Lucy Kite visited Chatsworth House today as they gear up for Christmas by decorating the house Credit: ITV Central

Panto season is around the corner, as is Christmas, but it seems celebrations have already begun for both in one part of the Midlands.

Cinderella, wearing a ballgown made by the in-house textile team Credit: ITV Central

At Chatsworth House, the stately home in Derbyshire, the classic stage stars are sharing rather a lot of space with baubles, tinsel, snow-flakes, fairies and anything else festive you can think of.

The dining room being prepared for Christmas visitors Credit: ITV Central

The theme this year is pantomime with 13 of the rooms themed differently, with planning taking the staff a year.

A grand Christmas tree reaching up to the beautifully painted ceiling Credit: ITV Central

There are over 20 trees at Chatsworth House this year with over 21,000 baubles and 7,000 lights.

For more information on visiting Chatsworth House see their website here.

Hansel and Gretel's gingerbread house Credit: ITV Central

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Chatsworth House celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

A right royal tea party for The Queen Credit: ITV Central
Flying the flag at Chatsworth House Credit: ITV Central
A Diamond Jubilee cake Credit: ITV Central
Red, white and blue face paints to celebrate the day Credit: ITV Central

Guests at Chatsworth House today were invited to tea on the lawn.

The 1950s themed celebration allowed guests to watch the Diamond Jubilee proceedings in London on the Big Screen.

Celebrations at Chatsworth House for the Diamond Jubilee

Celebrations at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: ITV Central

A giant 1950s street party took place at Chatsworth House today, with a 100 metre long decorated table with union jacks, bunting and flags.

The Queen's Ceremonial Day is being broadcast on the big screen and visitors have worn vintage dress to celebrate the event.

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