Duffield Hall, Town Street, Duffield, built c1640.
'Duffield Hall, an ancient stone mansion of the Elizabethan order, four miles north from Derby, is the residence of John Bell Crompton, Esq. In the grounds at the back of the hall, is one of the largest cedar trees in England.' (1)
'Duffield Hall is an Elizabethan Mansion.' (2)
Historic OS maps show the footprint of Duffield Hall as having been much more extensive than that visible on modern mapping. A late 19th century OS map shows that further wings of the building existed to the rear, west of the eastern section of the building that is present today, with another additional wing shown on an OS map at the end of the 19th century, but an early 20th century OS map shows that this additional wing was subsequently reduced in size. The early 20th century building footprint remains consistent on a mid 20th century OS map. (3-6)
'An archaeological evaluation was carried out at Duffield Hall by Wessex Archaeology in 2013. The evaluation was carried out prior to the proposed demolition of a 1970s office building and the construction of a garage, swimming pool and workshop. Six evaluation trenches were excavated in order to assess the survival of any below-ground remains. Former structures within two of the trenches were recorded as heavily truncated sandstone foundations of one or two courses in height. Other walls were detected only by the presence of the robber trenches that removed them. In addition to the structural remains, two ditches associated with the gardens of the early hall were excavated to the north. The finds associated with a trench to the northwest, which included a flower pot and a sherd of window glass, are suggestive of a former glass house, which is also indicated by the historic mapping depicting a former structure with a glazed roof at this location.' (7)
From the National Heritage List for England:
'SK 34 43 PARISH OF DUFFIELD TOWN STREET 7/32 (West Side) Duffield Hall 13.2.67 II* Country house, now offices. c1640 altered in C18, restored and altered in 1871, renovated 1975-8 by George Grey & Partners for the Derbyshire Building Society. Sandstone ashlar, plain tile roof with four tall stone stacks with three diamond plan shafts, a similar stack with two shafts and a plain stack to rear. Moulded stone coped gables with plain kneelers and moulded finials. Chamfered plinth, moulded first and second floor and attic bands. Three storeys. East elevation of five gabled bays. Three bays to left have central C19 stone porch with Tudor arch with carved spandrels and a parapet with frieze of quatrefoils and coat of arms. To the left a recessed and chamfered cross window and a large polygonal bay, each bay with a cross window, divided by low buttresses like those of the porch. Parapet with quatrefoil frieze. To the right are three cross windows, a single light window with a transom, and in the projecting two bays to the right are four cross windows. The first floor has eight cross windows and a single light transomed window. The three gabled bays to the left have three cross windows in the gables and three keyed oval windows above. The two right hand bays have two keyed oval vents in the gables. Similar fenestration to south. Irregular fenestration to west with 2, 3 and 4-light mullioned windows, some blocked, and a blocked 3-light window with a transom. Interior: Entrance hall with C17 style panelling and a segmental-arched screen of three bays. Bolection moulded stone chimneypiece. Room to the right with late C16 staggered panelling, moulded cornice, and a chimneypiece with frieze and tapering fluted pilasters. Room to the left with early C18 style panelling, possibly re-used. Panelled staircase hall. Main staircase around an open well. Closed stringwith twisted balusters and heavy moulded handrail. Two marble bolection moulded chimneypieces to first floor. Late C16 back staircase from first to second floor with pierced splat balusters. Stud partition. C19 cantilevered stone service stair with iron stick balusters. Single curving flight with wreathed handrail.
Listing NGR: SK3452943014.'