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The Dukeries
 
In Nottinghamshire there is an area between Mansfield and Worksop known as The Dukeries, so called because it contained four ducal seats.
 
Worksop Manor, home of the Dukes of Norfolk.
From the 14th century the Manor was owned by the Talbot family until the late 17th century, it passed by marriage to the Duke of Norfolk whose family would remain here until 1840.
 
Welbeck Abbey, seat of the Dukes of Portland.
The Abbey was founded as a monastery in 1153. Bess of Hardwick's son Sir Charles Cavendish acquired Welbeck in 1607, the estate has continued to be handed down through the family.
 
Thoresby HallThoresby Hall, seat of the Dukes of Kingston and later the Earls Manvers.
 
Clumber House, StablesClumber House seat of the Dukes of Newcastle.
The house was demolished in 1938, the park was acquired by the National Trust and opened to the public.
 
Rufford AbbeyThere was a fifth large country house in the area, Rufford Abbey which belonged to the Savile family.
 
 
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