The origins of Haddon Hall date back to 1066 and William the Conqueror, whose illegitimate son William Peverell the Elder first held the manor. The hall passed to the the Avenell family and then by marriage to Sir Richard Vernon, and eventually to the Manners family when it became one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. Haddon is now the home of Lord Edward Manners, brother of David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland.
The Hall is unique, in that it has retained most of its 16th century architecture and decor as it was left untouched for 200 years while the Dukes of Rutland resided at Belvoir Castle. In the 1920s John Manners, the 9th Duke of Rutland, realising the importance of the hall being frozen in time, set to work restoring the Hall so that now we can enjoy a step back to Medieval and Tudor times.Continue Reading