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Chatsworth (photo: Gary Rogers)

Chatsworth (photo: Gary Rogers)

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

The big screen version of this epic tale features several Derbyshire locations and stars Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench.

Derbyshire features in yet another production of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice - but not all the scenes are obvious.

The one that really does stand out is Chatsworth House - again used as the setting for Pemberley, the fictional residence of Mr Darcy.  This is hardly surprising though as it is believed that Chatsworth was the home on which Jane Austen actually modelled Pemberley - she wrote the novel while staying in Bakewell in around 1812.

Lizzie Bennett (Kiera Knightley) at Chatsworth

Austen wrote: "It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance."

Look out for some fine exterior shots of Chatsworth, as well as some recognisable interior shots.

Within the house, the grand staircase of the Painted Hall is where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley, and within the Sculpture Gallery, Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy, while his housekeeper describes the many good qualities of her master.

Look out, too, for a dramatic view of nearby Stannage Edge.

Another featured location in this 2005 film is Haddon Hall - in particular, see if you can spot the chapel and the dining room.

The chapel at Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall's 15th Century chapel

Haddon Hall is now the family home of Lord Edward Manners, who continues to restore the building. Much time and effort has been put into renovating the stained-glass windows in the 15th Century Chapel, used in the film, and re-pointing the walls.

And Adminstrator Janet O'Sullivan was also given a role in the film. She said: "I was one of the visitors to the inn. I was dressed as a semi-posh person.

"We started out at around 7 o'clock in the morning. We got 'corsetted-up' at Bakewell Town Hall and actually got to film at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

"The scene they shot took about four hours to film so it was about 10 o'clock before we got our costumes off - to great relief!"

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