Dec 1st: Desmond Seward on Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells

Tuesday 1st December

Desmond Seward

Talk, Q&A and booksigning for

Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells


Local, popular historian Desmond Seward is best known as an historian for The Monks of War (1972) and The Wars of the Roses (1995) which have both gone into many editions, as well as for A Brief History of the Hundred Years War that has remained in print in Britain and the United States ever since its publication in 1978. His books have been translated into ten languages, including Hebrew and Japanese.

He will be talking about his latest book on Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire – the seat of the Sitwell family since 1625. Its remarkable story is only matched by that of the family who have dwelled there, and with whose fortunes it has risen and fallen, only to rise again.

Modern Renishaw’s real creator was the under-estimated Sir George Sitwell, a pioneer of the Baroque revival and a gardener of genius, but caricatured as a buffoon by his son Osbert. Better known are his children, the Trio – Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell – who were the Bloomsbury Group’s rivals in the 1920s and leading literary figures in the 1950s and 60s. In telling the tale of the Sitwells through the centuries, Desmond Seward also takes us on a tour through English history, to the house’s restoration at the end of the twentieth century, and the return to its former glory as a jewel of British heritage, winning the coveted Historic Houses’ Association Award for Garden of the Year in 2015.

Tickets £7 (includes a glass of wine)

7:30pm in the Magistrate’s Room of the Town Hall

Call 01488 683480 to book, or to reserve a signed copy.