Located just a mile from Sheffield City Centre, on a hill overlooking the lower Don Valley stand the familiar ruins of Sheffield Manor Lodge. With an uninterrupted history of occupancy that stretches far back into history, the 14 hectare site within which it stands is a survival of the great Medieval Sheffield deer park, now surrounded by 20th century housing.
Excavations during the 1970s have unearthed huge numbers of artefacts; a flint stone scraper from Neolithic times, deer antlers, Tudor tiles, pottery and a beer tap from the 19th century pub on the site. All record how people lived on Park Hill throughout the ages.
Whilst most of the historic buildings were demolished in the early 18th century the magnificent Tudor Turret House survives, complete with its decorated banqueting room, and is virtually the only building that Mary Queen of Scots, held captive in Sheffield for fourteen long years, would recognise today from all those she knew.
Throughout the 20th century the site was abandoned, derelictand vandalised but since 2004 the local social enterprise Green Estate have managed and restored the site following the granting of £1.6m Heritage Lottery funding. The work of restoration continues with the building of new gardens in the ruins, including Queen Mary's Garden, a lavendar labyrinth, and the Apothecary's Garden. Our aim is to bring new life and a sense of pride in their past to the local community.