You can trace the story of Sheffield Manor Lodge back to its beginnings as a medieval hunting lodge. It then became an imposing Tudor manor house, developed by Bess of Hardwick and her husband, the Duke of Norfolk, into a comfortable prison for one of history’s most infamous characters, Mary Queen of Scots.

The story then sees Sheffield Manor Lodge fall from grace. From a grand manor house with royal associations the lodge sank into a period of industrial use. The ruins were first used for

farming before becoming a pottery in the 18th century and finally a community for the local miners. At the turn of the 20th century, the then Duke of Norfolk demolished any non-Tudor buildings and so began Sheffield Manor Lodge’s restoration into the tourist attraction we see today.

To find out more about Sheffield Manor Lodge’s grand past and its eventual decline, please click on the links below.

Middle Ages and Tudor Period
Post-Tudor Period