Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Derbyshire, 5th May 2017

May 15, 2017
Written by: Rob Slusar

Whilst heading back from a meeting up in the north of the country, I decided to take a lunch stop to break up my journey home, and given that it was sunny out, I decided to pull in to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

Not far from the nearby Bolsover Castle, Sutton Scarsdale Hall stands as the empty shell of a Georgian stately home (built around 1740), which may have been the 4th or 5th manor on this site, which dates back to the time of the Saxons.

The estate was purchased by the Arkwright family in 1755 and the family resided at the property until it was auctioned off (in a neglected state) by William Arkwright in 1919.

The house was purchased by a group of businessmen, and it’s assets were stripped and sent to the United States, some of the original panelling are located in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The removal of the roof in 1920 meant that the house would never be inhabited again.

The estate was purchased in 1946 by Sir Osbert Sitwell with the intention of preserving what was left of the hall, and currently it is under the care of English Heritage.

The eagle eyed amongst you may recognise the house for its role as Wayne Manor in the recent “Batman VS Superman” movie, where it was laser scanned and reproduced in CGI.

The site is currently undergoing emergency repairs and as such is closed to the public internally, it is still possible to wander around outside, which is just what I did.

Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to spend as I would have liked, so they are not some of my finest work, but it was a rewarding and quiet visit regardless.

Thanks for looking.


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