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This room was really cool. Ironically, the family got most of its wealth (and lands) when King Henry VIII broke up the monasteries; the 6th Duke got the oak panelling and carved heads in this room at an auction; their original home was in a monastery (this one German, though). This room showcases the 6th Duke's eclectic taste, and I much enjoyed it. From the house guide: The 6th Duke gave his own account (1845) of the various uses to which this room was put: "... and to this room I remember banishing the learned Parr, when he insisted on having a room to smoke in -- a desire then (1813) considered most atrocious and derogatory..."

Chatsworth House, 30 Aug 2008

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