Monday, 24 August 2009

Sutton Scardsale Hall

Everytime we head down the M1 I am intrigued by this place. It is just visible from the motorway just as you get into Derbyshire, and so last time we headed south, I insisted on getting off the track and find out all about it. It turns out to be owned by English Heritage and is called Sutton Scarsdale Hall . We found it easily and there is no admission fee. Its very spooky to walk around - the dancing queen (who is also the Queen of Halloween) would love to hold a party in it!! It was "whole" until 1919, and then it just was left to go derelict - so sad.


If you enlarge this picture by double clicking, you will see it has a very prestigous neighbour - Bolsover Castle - also owned by English Heritage.





14 comments:

bekimarie said...

What a shame it's been left derelict, I bet it was beautiful in it's day!
((hugs))
Beki xxx

Lyn said...

I too have seen that from the M1 and wondered abbout it! So you can walk around it? maybe worth a detour next time we are passing.
Love
Lyn
xxx

Lisa said...

How grand it must have been in it's day.
Forgot to mention in my post that T has gone to stay with Grandma for a couple of days, we didn't leave him Home Alone!
Lisa x

Menopausal musing said...

Intriguing indeed...... I would love to have been there with a camera. Think the closet Goth in me would have liked to have been there at sunset and taken photos of the building against the sky.

Cal said...

What a pity that it's been left to go derelict. Like the arty shot through the doorway. x

The Curious Cat said...

Oh my! That is scandelous that it has been allowed to fall into disrepair...someone should revive it - pronto! Though the ruins look pretty impressive too... xxx

Michela said...

Did you see any ghost??! ;-)
Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Re said...

Such a shame, I've been to Bolsover Castle but missed out on this beauty.

Rosie said...

I lived for many years in a small village called Scarcliffe near Bolsover - from child to teenager to young adult - and Bolsover was our nearest shopping place before Mansfield and Chesterfield. We used to visit the castle before it belonged to English Heritage - our other nearby places to visit were Hardwick Hall, Cresswell Crags and Clumber Park - I knew of Sutton Scarsdale Hall but had never in all those years visited it but finally managed it a few years ago and isn't it wonderful? I can just imagine a halloween party there - it does have an intriguing atmosphere.

lesley said...

When you double click on the picture ..it comes up sooo big, scarey!
But amazing! I would love to see...but we'd be heading UP the M1 lol..

The Girl said...

It's such a shame that places like that are left to go to wrack and ruin. My sister lives in Ashby de la Zouch and Ashby Castle is much the same, just a shell really now. But it's great to wander around it and let your imagination go wild thinking about what went on in there in its day!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

It is very beautiful, even in ruin

Elise said...

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Felicity said...

it looks really lovely even in its tumberling old age! I aways start day dreaming about living in great big houses in the middle of no where ....
fliss xx