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The magnificent house at Lyme Park provided the exterior shots of 'Pemberley

The magnificent house at Lyme Park provided the exterior shots of 'Pemberley', home of Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) in the BBC TV production of "Pride and Prejudice" .

Lyme Park was granted to Sir Thomas Danvers in 1346 and was acquired through marriage by Sir Piers Leigh. In the 1550's the old house was replaced by a mansion, all that remains visible outside the huge Tudor gateway, although the interior does give an indication of its Tudor history.

Giacomo Leoni was commissioned in the early part of the 18th Century to provide a classical Palladian facade. His work is brilliantly reflected in the southern aspect of the house which overlooks the lake and deer park beyond.

The interior is a mixture of 17th and 18th Century although the long gallery room and drawing room are Tudor. On the walls of the saloon are superb limewood carvings attributed to Grinling Gibbons and the house also contains a fine collection of paintings and tapestries.

Outside, the formal and informal gardens give way to wild moorland. The park is approximately 9 miles (19.5 kilometres) around and contains a number of walking trails, including one which covers the locations used in 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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