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This dramatic 18th Century hilltop shell of an imposing baroque mansion still retains remnants of its former rich plaster decoration. It was Nicholas Leke, the 4th Earl of Scarsdale who built the Hall. He wanted a mansion that was grander than Hardwick, more ornate and more splendid than Chatsworth, decorated with Italian stucco-work to rival the richest European palace. As proof of his achievement, Nicholas died bankrupt in 1736.
The Hall passed from hand to hand until a speculator bought it and stripped it of everything that could be torn from it, up to and including the lead from the roof. Ruined and rotting, it was listed for demolition until, with just one day to spare, Osbert Sitwell from Renishaw Hall bought it. Now owned by English Heritage, it makes an ideal spot for a picnic.
SK 440688 53.21443 -1.34255
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take 1st right turn into Heath village. Follow road through village for approx 1 mile, then turn right out of village onto Shire Lane. As lane curves round to right take left turn onto Sutton Lane. Follow road for ¼ mile turn left (Hall Drive). Follow road to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
Take A617 to junction with M1 motorway and, at roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A6175). Then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632 signposted Bolsover). At traffic lights go straight on and at next traffic lights (Royal Hospital) go straight on. Follow road through Calow and on to Arkwright Town. At roundabout (Arkwright Town) take 3rd exit onto Sutton Lane. Follow road for 1¼ miles. Turn left (Hall Road). Follow road to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
: 5 miles from Chesterfield station
- Coach parties accepted
- English Heritage Property
- Picnic site
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Within 50 metres approx. of entrance
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is gravel
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Is flat (i.e. without steps)
- Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
There is no charge to enter the site but there are no services on site.
- Entrance is well lit
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility