Booths of Edensor Chatsworth Estate

Chatsworth House & Estate

Chatsworth House -The  Duke of Devonshire's family home.

Chatsworth House -The Duke of Devonshire’s family home.

Chatsworth Estate circa.1880

Chatsworth Estate circa.1880

Chatsworth House is one of the finest stately country homes in England. It is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

Located in North Derbyshire,  3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Bakewell and 9 miles (14 km) west of Chesterfield. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549.

Bess of Hardwick (later Elizabeth Countess of ...

Bess of Hardwick (later Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury) when Mistress St Lo, 1550s. A later inscription incorrectly identifies her as Mary I. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Standing on the east bank of the River Derwent, Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys.The house is set in expansive parkland, and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland and contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom’s favourite country house several times.

Chatsworth house is built on sloping ground, lower on the north and west sides than on the south and east sides and has changed greatly since it was first built. The main block was re-built by the 1st Duke between 1687 and 1707, on the site of Bess of Hardwick’s original Tudor mansion. The long north wing was added by the 6th Duke in the early nineteenth century.

There are many structures other than the house on the estate, including two surviving Elizabethan buildings — the Hunting Tower and Queen Mary’s Bower. Flora’s Temple and the 1st Duke’s Greenhouse survive from the 1690s, the Stable block and bridge were built by James Paine in the 1760s and Joseph Paxton’s Conservative Wall and other glasshouses date from the 19th century. The 11th Duke and Duchess added the Display Greenhouse in 1970

Chatsworth House and Estate as it  appeared in a 1780 -publication

Chatsworth House and Estate as it appeared in a 1772 -publication

The above print shows Chatsworth estate in 1772, very much how William Booth and his family would have seen it. The bridge over the Derwent river leads to Edensor Village on the estate. Young James would have looked after the horses pulling the Dukes carriage and in the pasture as seen in the above print.

And perhaps the mystery of a Booth ancestor being a  gatekeeper is finally solved as we find in records from 1861, showing that George Booth was in fact the “Gamekeeper” at Chatsworth,  so the gatekeeper was actually the gamekeeper, living with his wife and family in the Lodge at Edensor.

Nearly 250 years later The Booth name is still connected with Chatsworth House and the estate. The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public.  All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.

The current Trustee of The Chatsworth House Trust is Mr John D Booth

Graham Booth has over 30 years experience in the butchery trade. He learnt his skills at his family-owned traditional butcher’s shop in Buxton. In 2006, he joined Chatsworth farm shop, and is one of the team of butchers that won the FARMA Best On-Site Butchery Award in 2009.

English: Chatsworth Bridge. The decorated and ...

English: Chatsworth Bridge. The decorated and balustraded bridge leading from Edensor towards Chatsworth House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edensor  Village – Chatsworth Estate

St Peter's Church, Edensor

St Peter’s Church, Edensor

Whilst St Peters Church Edensor pictured above is today a popular Wedding Venue attached to Chatsworth House, the churchyard is also the final resting place for many Booth ancestors. The following are a number of Monument inscriptions and photos from    St. Peters Church yard.

Grave No. 4B34 – See Picture Below( Carolyn Booths Great Great Grandparents)
In Affectionate Remembrance of
William Booth
who departed this life June 17. 1871
Aged 69 Years.
Even so Father for so it seemed good in thy sight
Also John, Son of the above
who departed this life February 11. 1850
Aged 15 months.
The Lord gave and Lord taketh away
Also Mary, Wife of the above
who departed this life October 29. 1888
Aged 84 Years. “”Come unto Me, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Grave & Headstone fo William & Mary Booth - St. Peters Churchyard Edensor

                  William & Mary Booth – St. Peters Churchyard Edensor
Great Great Grandparents of Carolyn Booth

More Booth Monument Inscriptions in the Churchyard

Grave No. 3A8
HERE lieth
the Body of Ales
Booth wife of John
Booth who departed
This life September
The 19 1759 Aged 42
years.

Grave No. 4D9
IN
MEMORY OF
MARTHA.
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ANDREW BOOTH
OF EDENSOR
DIED OCTOBER 20TH 1885,
AGED 63 YEARS.
“”BE YE ALSO READY FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR AS
YE THINK NOT, THE SON OF MAN COMETH””.
ALSO OF
ANDREW BOOTH,
WHO DIED JUNE 5TH 1907,
AGED 78 YEARS.
HIS END WAS PEACE.

Grave No. 7B8
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SON OF JOHN AND ANN BOOTH
OF EDENSOR
WHO DIED JANUARY 9TH 1863.
AGED 17 YEARS.
“”PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD””
ALSO
ANNIE THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED AUGUST 10TH 1863
AGED 20 YEARS
“”HER SUN IS GONE DOWN WHILE YET DAY
JEREMIAH 25V.9
ALSO OF THE ABOVE JOHN BOOTH
WHO DIED JULY 17TH 1886
AGED 78 YEARS.
“”IN THEE O LORD HAVE I PUT MY TRUST””
ALSO OF ANN HIS WIFE,
WHO DIED AUGUST 14TH 1893
AGED 83 YEARS.
“”THY WILL BE DONE.””

Grave No. 6E1
In Loving Memory Of
JOHN EDWARD BOOTH,
DIED 11th FEB 1942, AGED 81 YEARS.
ALSO ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE,
DIED 25th APRIL 1944, AGED 78 YEARS.
ALSO WILLIAM THEIR SON
DIED 19th APRIL 1948, AGED 43 YEARS.
Mason: Bakewell Co-op

Grave No. 6B24
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS BOOTH
OF PISLEY,
WHO DIED SEPT 22ND 1890,
AGED 68 YEARS.
ALSO OF HIS WIFE
JANE BOOTH
WHO DIED APRIL 7TH 1916,
AGED 90 YEARS.
ALSO OF THEIR SON
BEN BOOTH
WHO DIED JANY 3RD 1905,
AGED 42 YEARS.
” AT REST.””

Grave No. 4B30
[SOUTH] IN MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH THE WIFE
OF JAMES BOOTH WHO
DIED JANUARY 11th 1852
AGED 50 YEARS.
ALSO
THE ABOVE JAMES BOOTH
WHO DIED APRIL 10, 1866,
AGED 68 YEARS.
[NORTH] IN MEMORY
OF THOMAS BOOTH WHO
DIED APRIL 5th 1845
AGED 79 YEARS ALSO
ELIZABETH THE WIFE
OF THOMAS BOOTH
WHO DIED SEPTR 29TH 1855
AGED 85 YEARS.
THEY ARE GONE WHERE ALL
TEARS ARE WIPED AWAY,
AND WHERE THE WEARY ARE AT REST.

Grave No. 6B11
Sacred to the memory of
ROBERT BOOTH,
Who died July 14, 1857,
Aged 71 years BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD.
Also of
ELIZABETH
Relict of the above
Who died September 10, 1882,
Aged 83 Years
WHEN THE DAY OF TOIL IS DONE,
WHEN THE RACE OF LIFE IS RUN,
FATHER, GRANT THY WEARIED ONE
REST FOR EVERMORE.
Also of
THOMAS
Son of the above
Who died April 30. 1894.
Aged 75 years.

Edensor’s St Peter’s church was expanded by Sir George Gilbert Scott for the 7th Duke of Devonshire in the 1860s. It contains a magnificent early 17th century memorial to Bess of Hardwick’s sons, Henry and William Cavendish. Sir Joseph Paxton is buried in the churchyard, as are most Dukes of Devonshire and their families, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s sister Kathleen Kennedy, who was married to the 10th Duke’s eldest son. Kennedy visited the grave during his presidency.

Tombstone of Kathleen Kennedy & commemorative plaque of JFK visit, St Peter's churchyard, Edensor, Derbyshire

Tombstone of Kathleen Kennedy & commemorative plaque of JFK visit, St Peter’s churchyard, Edensor, Derbyshire

Important Sources & Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edensor-Village/150897161632271

http://www.chatsworth.org/

http://art.chatsworth.org/view_all/page/1/view/36

www.treasurehouses.co.uk

Bess of Hardwick (tisnewtothee.wordpress.com)

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