Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

May 07, 2004

Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 84, the 11th Duke of Devonshire whose vast Chatsworth estate has one of the finest and most-visited houses in Britain, died there late Monday.

The duke opened Chatsworth to the public in the 1950s and with his wife, the former Deborah Mitford, made it a thriving business, attracting a half-million visitors a year to its art collections and parkland.

The house, mostly late 17th century, is surrounded by 35,000 acres of estate land in the heart of a national park in Derbyshire county, central England. With 297 rooms, 1.3 acres of lead roof and 105 acres of gardens, the estate is an expensive place to keep. It also has a hotel, a garden center and a shop selling meat and produce from its farm.

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