Women looking for their real-life Mr Darcy flocked to Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, for the annual Pride and Prejudice Ball yesterday.

Regency costumed men and women forked out £85 for tickets to the themed event, which included a tour of the house a four-course meal and a dancing display.

Elizabeth Bennett lookalikes flooded the grounds in the empire-waisted dresses, while the men wore 'Wellington boots' - knee-high footwear at the height of regency fashion - perfectly tied silk cravats, waistcoats and dinner jackets.


Dr Victoria Campbell from Sheffield enjoys a glass of wine at the ball.

The ball in Derbyshire staged an evening to remember, celebrating the 202 years since the publication of Pride and Prejudice.


Chris Wrigglesworth, Emma Carlton, Stacey Ireson, and Chris Ireson, all from Nottingham in their Regency finery.

The stately home has been the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1549 and is mentioned in Pride and Prejudice as one of the stately homes that Elizabeth Bennet visits before arriving at Pemberley.

Real-life play

Paul and Shani Winfield from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, play at being a real-life Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.

In the book, lead character Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy for the first time at a similar event to the Pride and Prejudice soiree - but takes an immediate dislike to him.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is the probable inspiration behind Pemberley, Mr Darcy's home in the Jane Austen novel.

Chatsworth has been used as a setting for other Pride and Prejudice themed outings, from fans coming to see the locations and enjoy 'Pemberley', to themed photography, such as their Pride and Prejudice themed photo shoot.