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“A Superbly preserved ruin”

Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Ranked #13 of 63 things to do in Chesterfield
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Sutton Scarsdale Hall was sold and asset stripped in the 1920s, since then, its been preserved as a ruin, now by English Heritage.

The preservation has been done so carefully it is almost as if its been untouched, and has fallen naturally to its current state.

Because the plaster, roof, floors and some walls are missing, you can see the various stages of expansion here, look closely and tiny glimmers of the halls grandeur can be seen.

An excellent photograph opportunity for family shots, weddings, or just someplace quiet to practice your photography skills.

Entry is free, parking is plentiful, visit, enjoy and come again!

Lots more information is here too https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sutton-Scarsdale-Hall/138788606209777

2  Thank Garbo123
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Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Going with kids? Load up on ghost stories for max fun. Could do with a few more info posts. Great views towards Bolsover castle

1  Thank frazrammie
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Been here twice now, and is a nice place to visit. It is free to have a look around, but as everything was stripped out years ago, it's just a shell. Wouldhave been nice to alteast see a building which was enclosed.

There is a church and graveyard next door which has been shut both times, not sure if it was private or opened only on certain days...

Well worth a visit, but is creepy!

Thank junade
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

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.

3  Thank Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

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.

3  Thank 3dogmum
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