Holker Hall was the home of William Cavendish, the future 7th Duke of Devonshire
He married Blanche Howard
who had grown up at Castle Howard
. They had four children who survived to
adulthood, including Spencer
. Blanche died at age 28 and William spent the rest of his life mourning her.
As Duke he still lived at Holker Hall, preferring it to Chatsworth
too much of a palace for him. Holker is where he had lived with Blanche and all his memories of her were here.
The house doesn't have state rooms. It has a very homey warmth with a lot of handsome woodwork. You can see Louisa's portrait hanging at
the end of the gallery.
In the story... Diana arrives here with Spencer and Louisa on their northern progress, visiting relatives and Cavendish properties.
Holker Hall is one more component of Spencer's future inheritance.