Nails Led to Sutton

A couple of days after nail bars and hairdressers were reopened after (you know what) I was commanded to take my wife to her friends nail bar in a nearby local village called Holmewood.

So I drove Angie (Wife) to the nail bar, dropped her off and went for a drive to kill time whilst she pampered herself for what would probably be 2 hours!! (Why doesn’t she bite her nails like I do, it’s free and easy)

I was driving aimlessly and suddenly remembered that I hadn’t been to Sutton Scarsdale Hall for many years. It was only a short journey so I made my way there.

I had forgotten what a beautiful spot in Derbyshire it is. I pulled into the carpark and took a stroll around the ruins.

The building you see in the photographs below was constructed between 1724-29 but there was a grand hall on the site before 1002, which is mentioned in the Doomsday book. Apparently some of the halls interiors were transported to the good ole U. S of A sometime in the 1930s and kept in storage in New York City until Pall Mall Films bought them and used them in various movies made during the 1950s.

Some of the baroque interiors are kept on display at the Museum of Art in Philadelphia and the Huntington Library in California.

Despite the shell, it’s still quite an imposing building, as is the wife (Jokeeeee) Years ago, myself and a few workmates went ghost hunting here after 11pm, which I wrote about in one of my earlier blogs.

I thought about that as I meandered at my leisure and thought I may actually become a ghost if I didn’t get back to the nail bar to pick Angie up!

When she got in the car she displayed her nails, waving her fingers around, asking me if I liked them. I replied by waving my fingers around asking her if she liked mine!

It was a surreal journey home. She was talking about her nails at the same time that I was talking about Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

Got to love married life.

Hope you like the photographs as much Angie enjoys her nails!




Sutton Scarsdale Hall

92 thoughts on “Nails Led to Sutton

  1. Nice pics John. Nothing like a ruined country pile to stir the imagination. Although different, it made me think of an abandoned mental institution that some friends took us around years ago west of Birmingham, in the Lickey Hills. It was ghostly, and exciting for the kids. It felt like a place where the past gets a chance to peek through.
    As for nails…..I know the bars where I prefer to be. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Fabulous images; oddly, pics remind me of Mr RochesterҀ™s house post mad woman fire…my fav quote from that book: Γ’Β€ΒœI can live alone, if self-respect & circumstances require. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.Ҁ
    IҀ™m from Philly and several interior rooms from Sutton are housed there…thought you might want to see how it once was…[Image.jpeg][Image.jpeg]

    Joanna Hannigan
    Cailleagh Bhur Caer, LOUDON, TN 37774

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  3. For some reason I can’t see the images/photographs! I would really like to see them. And yes, it’s very gothic in appearance. I read Jane Eyre at university, brilliantly written. Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea ? If you haven’t , i recommend it β™₯️

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    1. Haha yes, it’s very spooky after dark. Every Halloween, lots of kids go there with parents and teenagers go there to scare the crap out of each other 🀣 But it’s very calming during the daylight πŸ€ͺ

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  4. Looks like a wonderful place to walk around. I noticed the fencing, are people not allowed to walk around inside that area? I love exploring old places, but old around here isn’t very old compared to what you have. Great pics! Have a wonderful weekend John!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

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    1. Hi Steve. Thank you and no, it’s under a preservation order. The local government are trying to make it safe to prevent it from falling down I guess.
      It was only a few years ago that people could walk inside it. Me and a few friends went down into the bowels of it and discovered what you could describe as dungeons. There was what looked like a prison gate about 2 storeys down but it was locked with a heavy chain and padlock. Pretty spooky down there buddy

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      1. That would be so fantastic to look around in a place like that and take pictures! That’s something I would love to do! But I imagine it would be spooky, especially underground like that, it’s a lot different than being above ground. We just don’t have old ruins around like that.
        I hope once they are done that it will be open to the public.

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  5. It generally doesn’t happen to me but i followed you after just reading the opening sentences of your recent post. I am in search of these kind of blogs where i read things and get relaxed. I no more want to read those full-of-fact posts because i study facts all day long in books. So i want to give my time to writings which makes me feel nostalgic, which brings a smile on my face etc.. You’re perfect, man.

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      1. I don’t have any problem with facts. In fact, i love them. But you know, if you do the same stuff whole day, you’re going to get tired of it at a point regardless of if it has been your favourite. Life has been very stressful so far. So i try to find positivity in writings and learn from the life experiences of good humans like you.

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  6. Thanks for this post, reminds me of the days I would drive around Derbyshire with my children when they were small, just to get them out of the house, now I live in the middle of nowhere and can no longer drive, (due to illness) so it was good to relive some of the days during your post.

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