Sutton Scarsdale Hall

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The imposing shell of a grandiose Georgian mansion built in 1724-29, with an immensely columned exterior. Roofless since 1919, when its interiors were dismantled and some exported to America, there is still much to discover within, including traces of sumptuous plasterwork. Adjacent to the parish church, Sutton Scarsdale Hall is set amid open grassed land, with beautiful views, sloping down toward a ha-ha ditch.There is a small car park, accessed via Hall Drive, a residential street. In Sutton Scarsdale village, between Chesterfield and Bolsover. Access is during daylight hours only. At other times, the gateway to Hall Drive may be closed. There are no public toilets. The Hall is closed for major conservation works. Access to the grounds is available, where the exterior of the Hall can be viewed.
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Derbyshire in Middle England has a plethora of fine historic stately homes and ancient castles which you should definitely visit if you are touring the county. Each one is noteworthy in its own right, and I’ve reviewed most of them here over the years. But the empty, derelict, and now crumbling shell of a grand Georgian mansion built in the 1720s (around a smaller 15th century building) presents quite a different story to what you’ll see in the others. The ruins of Sutton Scaresdale Hall evoke a tale of a former grand lifestyle, yet conveys a sadness of a grand lifestyle that’s gone awry. The extravagant baroque-style mansion was built for the 4th Earl of Scaresdale, but the costs of such a splendid building left the Scaresdale heirs with depleted funds, and in the early 19th century they were forced to sell. In 1919 it was sold to assets strippers. Its fine interior stucco plasterwork was sold off as architectural salvage (some rooms went to organisations in USA) and the once former home was reduced to a shell.

It’s quite a sorry sight now, standing forlornly on the crest of a grassy rise, overlooking the Derbyshire countryside and the beautiful Bolsover Castle in the distance. It is roofless, and as a result its mellow yellow sandstone is rapidly deteriorating.

The hall is free to visit, and is managed by the English Heritage. There’s a car park right beside the hall. I’ve visited twice. On this visit, however, the interior of the house could not be visited; it’s fenced off as some conservation work is taking place, to prevent the shell from deteriorating further. However you’ll be able to get some glimpses of its former glory from the remnants of fabulous stucco decorations that remain in a couple of rooms. Some of the interior photographs I’m posting with this review were taken on my first visit, when the interiors could be visited.

You can walk around three sides of the hall. The path is easy, and suitable for those using mobility assistance. Don’t miss the grand Palladian east facade, with its many Corinthian columns and central pediment. It’s stunning, yet stunningly sad at the same time.

The hall is located in the village of the same name, off the A617. As you can’t visit the hall’s interior, you won’t need to spend hours here. I think it is definitely worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2020
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kkayd2016
Derby, UK15 contributions
Went to Sutton Scarsdale Hall with my family the carpark was nearby so we didn't have to walk too far to the hall. Even though it was cordoned off you could still see the beautiful plaster work inside. The outside of the hall was very grand the sun was shining and really emphasised the beauty of the hall. Standing in front of the hall in the distance you could see for miles around across from the busy M1 you can see Bolsover Castle there are some great views, well worth a visit.
Written August 30, 2020
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Fry
Sheffield, UK85 contributions
Couples
Took my other half here due to i haven't been here since i was a small child. It's a shame you cannot go into thè ruins at the moment but the architecture which you can see is still impressive and the info dotted around gives an indication of history to the place. The views of the hills around are great and its a good worth of ten minutes time. The church next door is also a good view!
Written April 10, 2021
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Jess
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The hall itself is mainly ruins, but the views from there are amazing. It's so serene, I often go here when I'm on a break at work. I've seen dears running through the grounds and you can see for miles. Free parking right by the hall. If you were going just to see the hall it wouldn't take longer than 10 mins, but there's some lovely walks around the hall.
Written June 14, 2021
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,590 contributions
Somewhere you can see if travelling South along the M1 but actually visiting is a step back in time. Don't be put off by the private looking driveway, you can drive to the bottom where there is a car park for the hall and church.

Now owned by English Heritage, all that remains is the shell of a once grand house. It's currently fenced off for safety, with some plans to make it safe. There's not much to see from the fence - a few decorative columns and work around the windows, but acid rain is slowly eroding the carvings. There is a wonderful view back down the valley towards the M1 and Bolsover. There's also a church next door but it's only open occasionally. Plenty of notice boards give a history of the buildings.
Written May 4, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
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Sutton Scarsdale Hall is one of a number outstanding heritage attractions to be found in relative close proximity in the northern quarter of Derbyshire around Chesterfield (alongside Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Old Hall, Chatsworth House and Peveril Castle). But note from the outset that it's a wreck, a mere shell of the former glory that the stately home was in the 1700 s and 1800s. It's a part of the English Heritage collection, and it's free to visit. A good look around will only take an hour or so, but it's certainly worth a visit as the shell of the building is largely complete, apart from the roof. We visited on 18/10/2014. There's ample parking, but no facilities such as toilets, no shelter if it's raining, and no representative from the English Heritage is on site. There's not even a decent coffee shop nearby! It's open daily from 10:00am. There's a couple of information boards located around the site, but read up on its history (particularly its decline) before you visit. Remnants of the elaborate plaster stucco work can be seen in a couple of the rooms, fortunately fenced off to prevent further destruction (shame about the bits of graffiti on some of the walls). As a photographer I loved the site, and spent a couple of hours there taking advantage of some great photographic opportunities. I imagine it would be a popular spot for unusual wedding pictures! Bolsover Castle can be seen from the front of the house. A combination of the two sites would make a great day out!
Written October 18, 2014
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nigelfreestuff
Derbyshire, UK5 contributions
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Most people are unfamiliar with the reason why this hall is in dis-repair.
The hall was purchased by an american millionare who's pet pastime was to buy historical english country houses and GUT THEM. The contents of these houses were then placed in containers and shipped to America. Most of which are still there in containers in storage. ROBBING VANDAL.
Written September 29, 2016
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Nikki C
Norwich, UK67 contributions
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Free Parking, Free Entry, Beautiful, Interesting, Historical.
Sutton Scarsdale Hall is a sad, but beautiful sight indeed. It evokes quite an eery feel. Due to this, it brings such intrigue to its history and former grandeur. The building is owned by English Heritage and they are currently undertaking renovation works to make the structure safe, preserve certain features and renovate some of the stone work. You cannot currently access the “inside” of the building as it is protected by a fence, ensuring both the safety of the public and the building. There are information boards about the Hall, in various places in the grounds. There is also a wooded area and field, where we were able to walk our dog and provided to be a good stopping point for a picnic on the long drive back from the Lake District to Norfolk.
Written May 11, 2018
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Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
Sheffield, UK707 contributions
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This crumbling shell of a building is surely testament to the excesses of the gentry in the early eighteenth century. For the Fourth Earl of Scarsdale, money appeared to be no object. He brought in many skilled workers from stone masons to furniture makers and even experts in plasterwork - all the way from Italy. Meanwhile he exploited his staff, paying poverty wages while expecting the earth.

I would have liked to visit - St Mary's - the medieval church that existed on the site long before the new hall was conceived but the gate was padlocked and unusually there was no other way in.

Inheritors bore the crushing financial burden of the building's development and maintenance but by the early 1900's it was all too late. Some of the ornate interiors of Sutton Scarsdale Hall were exported to America. it is worth considering the fact that a much older "hall" existed on the site long before Nicholas Leke (4th Earl of Scarsdale) came along. The original Hall formed part of a Saxon estate owned by Wulfric Spott, who died in 1002 and left the estate to Burton-on-Trent Abbey.

From Sutton Scarsdale you get a great view across the valley of the River Doe Lea to Bolsover Castle which is also well worth a visit. It's so nice that it is free to walk around Sutton Scarsdale and there are no car park fees either.
Written March 4, 2014
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3dogmum
San Diego, CA126 contributions
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Every time we have been in the Chesterfield area and driven down the motorway we have seen this impressive ruin on the hill. Finally we stopped by for a visit. It is sad to see photos of how beautiful this house was prior to the removal of the lead roof, which resulted in its demise. Thankfully the owner of Renishaw Hall saved it from being totally demolished so visitors can see what used to be one of the most stunning houses in Derbyshire with lovely views over to Bolsover Castle. Ironically a room was dismantled and is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum in the U.S.
Written January 9, 2014
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