A spectacular Elizabethan house, Hardwick Hall was built by the formidable ?Bess of Hardwick? in the late 1500s. After Queen Elizabeth I, Bess was the wealthiest woman in England and her house was filled with rich furnishings and tapestries. Within the house, a chapel contains rare wall hangings, painted with scenes from the life of St Paul, where this deep, earthy red repeatedly features.