Photographer's Note

This is Chatsworth House, one of the most famous stately homes in England, located in Derbyshire in the northern Midlands.

I took this photo the day after my trip to Chesterfield, which I described in my last post. This day I had planned to hitchhike to Sheffield, but I was stopped by heavy rain even before I had got out of the village where I was staying at a farm offering bed and breakfast. I was very disappointed to be stuck in the village most of the day, but late in the afternoon it cleared up and a young couple in their thirties, who were also guests at the farm, offered me to join them for a visit to Chatsworth.

In my diary I only described Chatsworth as a "magnificent castle", but there is nothing to say whether we were inside or just saw it from the gardens. Probably we were just outside. I imagine it was suggested I should take a photo from this point. It looks like a classic view, probably used for many postcards, and hardly a place I would have found on my own.

Chatsworth, as it looks today, was built in the 1550's and has been the home of the Cavendish family ever since.

It is not surprising that Chatsworth has been used in a number of films. Among others it has featured in Pride and Prejudice (2005), featuring Keira Knightley, Barry Lyndon (1975), directed by Stanley Kubrick and the recipient of four Oscars, and Jane Eyre (2011), featuring Mia Wasikowski and Michael Fassbender.

What the movie sites don't mention is that Chatsworth was also the location for a soft porno film (very soft) in the 1960's. I know. I saw it!

It so happened that on my way home from England in 1966 I travelled by train, stopping in a few places including Bremen in West Germany. But leaving Bremen my train to Copenhagen wasn't due until about 2AM, so to kill time while waiting I went to a cinema at the railway station. I think there was a collection of news reels, cartoons and other short films – and a story about a nudist camp at Chatsworth!

Even for a teenage boy (well, young man) it was a ridiculous film, where everyone just happened to be standing behind hedges and all women just happened to be holding a newspaper slightly below their heads. I can't believe there was actually a story, and the film was badly dubbed into German, but it was fun to revisit the gardens of Chatsworth. Maybe I was disappointed that I didn't see any nudists that evening a few weeks earlier.

Here is a larger version. It was scanned from a Kodak Plus-X negative.

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