Sheffield Manor Lodge and Turret House

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameSheffield Manor Lodge and Turret House
Alternative NamesManor Castle
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthoritySheffield
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishSheffield

The ruins of a manor house, built circa 1510 for the Earls of Shrewsbury; demolished in 1706; restored circa 1910 and again in the late C20. It is constructed from coursed rubble, dressed squared stone and brick but is roofless. The ruin is of a rectangular plan running north-south, with kitchens at the south end. (PastScape)

Sheffield Manor Lodge stands in the middle of the great deer park of the Lords of Hallamshire which extended over the whole of the Park Hill from Heeley to Darnall and Handsworth to the River Don. Covering an area of nearly 2,500 acres, with a boundary fence about eight miles long, this was one of the largest parks in England. At this highest point within the Medieval deer park some sort of lodge was built, probably in the 12th century. Its prominent position, commanding a fine prospect of most of the park and much of Hallamshire beyond, would suggest that this was more than simply lodgings for the keeper. Excavations during the 1970s revealed the footings of these early buildings which were regularly extended, for at least six building phases have been identified prior to the early 16th century. By the end of the 15th century quite an extensive complex of buildings were in existence, no sign of which today exist above ground. (Welcome to Sheffield Manor Lodge)

Gatehouse Comments

In Ingham's list of fortified houses who seems to imply that this or the pavillion/hunting lodge 150m west, called Turret House, was fortified but there is no suggestion that the turrets on the building were anything other than decorative. However the site of a important medieval hunting lodge and grand late medieval residence certainly of importance in comparative study with castles and palaces.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK375865
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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  • Hey, David, 2003, Medieval South Yorkshire (Landmark Publishing) p. 73
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  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 524
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  • Notes and Queries, 1925-1928, 'Harrison's Survey Manor of Sheffield 1637' Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society Vol. 3 p. 255
  • Notes and Queries, 1920-1924, 'Manor Lodge' Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society Vol. 2 p. 378
  • Winder, T., 1904, 'Notes on Sheffield Manor House' Journal of the British Archaeological Association Vol. 10 p. 43-48 online copy


  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 122 online copy