Duffield Hall, an ancient stone mansion of the Elizabethan order, four miles N. 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)
Duffield Hall is a Grade II* Country House that was built in c. 1640, altered in the 18th century, and restored and altered in 1871. It is now offices and was renovated in 1975-8 by George Grey & Partners for the Derbyshire Building Society. It is of three storeys constructed from sandstone ashlar and has a plain tile roof with stone stacks. The interior has 16th, 17th and 18th century style panelling and a late 16th century back staircase. (3)
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. (4-7)
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. (8)
Bibliographic reference: White, F & Co.. 1857. History, Gazetteer & Directory of the County of Derby.
Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T. 1895. History, Topography & Directory of Derby. p. 653.
Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1158301.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XLIV-12.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XLIV-12, 1898.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1912-1921. OS County Series, 3rd edition (Second Revision), scale 1:2500 (25" to one mile). XLIV-12.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1937-38. OS County Series, Third Revision, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XLIV-12.
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