In Sutton Scarsdale sits the Grade 1 listed building, it is located just outside of Chesterfield, Derbyshire in England. It is listed on the English Heritage site with details about being able to visit.
In 1002 the Saxon Estate was passed to Burton-On-Trent Abbey, its owner was formerly a man named Wulfric Scott. In 1225 it went to the Lordship of Sutton-in-the-Dale and passed through numerous hands. In the end Oliver Cromwell’s forces seized the estate and a forfeit of £18,000 was levied and paid for by Leke’s supporters.
The structure there now is perhaps the forth or fifth on the land. In 1724 the 4th Earl of Scarsdale commissioned the building. It was to be designed using parts of the existing structure. It fell into the hands of the Arkwright Family which led it to being left to end up derelict.
November 1919 the derelict estate was brought by local businessmen, who striped its assets, including the roof. In 1946 it was brought by Sir Osbert Sitwell, who wanted to preserve the remaining shell. It has now been left in the care of the English Heritage.
There are rumours of haunts, the smell of tobacco and shadows that lurk in the corners. It is said that Nicholas Leake walks its cold, empty halls. Reports of whispers came from the cellars, but they have long been closed off.