Friday, 22 April 2011
There are plenty of grand country houses dotted around the English countryside. It's somewhat less usual to find one that's lacking its roof, but when you're making use of an English Heritage membership, that's hardly uncommon either.
Possibly the most surprising thing about this ruin is how recently it was not ruined at all. It was only 1919 when Sutton Scarsdale was last put on the market, but apparently big houses weren't selling well, and no buyer came forwards.
What happened next is astonishing: some of the interior was ripped out and shipped to the USA, where it can now be seen in the Philadelphia Art Museum! I hope I'll have chance to visit there one day, and wander around the same room for a second time.
Meanwhile, back in Derbyshire, we have to make do with a few left-behind pieces of plasterwork.