The female stonemason saving a little piece of history.

by Steven Noble

A stonemason working on the restoration of a famous stately home wants there to be more opportunities for women to learn about masonry work.

Alice Eaton, 30, said: “It might be because the construction industry is aimed at a male audience.

Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, was largely built in the 16th Century and has been used in numerous films and TV shows, including Pride and Prejudice.

Ms Eaton, from Derbyshire, said: “The idea of it [Haddon Hall] not being here and not having that history would be really sad.

Video journalist: Chris Waring

2 days ago
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Wikipedia Info: Full Article Here

Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire, a former seat of the Dukes of Rutland. It is the home of Lord Edward Manners (brother of the incumbent Duke) and his family. In form a medieval manor house, it has been described as “the most complete and most interesting house of [its] period”.[3] The origins of the hall are from the 11th century, with additions at various stages between the 13th and the 17th centuries, latterly in the Tudor style.

The Vernon family acquired the Manor of Haddon by a 12th-century marriage between Sir Richard de Vernon and Alice Avenell, daughter of William Avenell II. Four centuries later, in 1563, Dorothy Vernon, the daughter and heiress of Sir George Vernon, married John Manners, the second son of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland. A legend grew up in the 19th century that Dorothy and Manners eloped. The legend has been made into novels, dramatisations and other works of fiction. She nevertheless inherited the Hall, and their grandson, also John Manners, inherited the Earldom in 1641 from a distant cousin. His son, another John Manners, was made 1st Duke of Rutland in 1703. In the 20th century, another John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, made a life’s work of restoring the hall.

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