- Over the next two weeks I will be doing a short series to showcase the deep history that I have on my doorstep here in Derbyshire. Each day will pin point a place I have visited with my camera and tell you about why it's in my local history series.
Grade 1 Georgian Listed building, Sutton Scarsdale Hall was built in 1724 and was believed to have been the 5th building on the site.
After many years of neglect, in November 1919 the estate was bought by a group of local businessmen who asset-stripped the house; this went as far as removing the roof in 1920. Some parts of the building were shipped to the USA, where one room's oak panelling was bought by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, who planned to use it at Hearst Castle. After many years in storage in New York, Pall Mall films bought the panelling for use as a set in their various 1950s productions. Another set of panels are now resident in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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