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Secrets Of Chatsworth

Airs Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Front of Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, home to the Dukes of Devonshire for ...

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Above: Front of Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, home to the Dukes of Devonshire for more than 500 years. Today, the 12th Duke resides over the 175-room mansion and an invaluable art collection.

In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois.

Chatsworth Art Collection

Explore some highlights of the art collection.

King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained by Duchess Louisa, one of Britain’s foremost political hostesses.

Duchess Louisa’s daughter-in-law, American Consuelo Yznaga del Valle, introduced American heiresses into the British aristocracy; many of these young women married British noblemen.

Billy Cavendish, heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, wooed and wed Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of future U.S. president John F. Kennedy. The marriage was short-lived, however: Billy died in action in World War II four months after they exchanged vows. Four years later, Kathleen died in a plane crash. She was buried at Chatsworth.

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Survey the 500-year history of Chatsworth and learn about its American connections. 7/14/2013

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