Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge

Sheffield Manor Lodge is an important part of both English and European history. From 1573, Sheffield Manor Lodge became more than a family home-it became a royal prison for Mary, Queen of Scots who was kept in custody in the manner of a Queen.

The Turret House completed in 1574 and now fully restored stands proudly alongside the ruins of the great house. In fact, the Turret House is the only roofed building of all Mary’s English places of confinement she would recognise if she were to return today.

Sheffield Manor Lodge has other interesting aspects of history relating to it. Part of the site became a pottery in the early 1700’s when John Fox produced high class ceramic ware. It’s social history developed in the 1800’s when a mining village came on the site and still some of the descendants of this period, reside in the local area. In the second world war an anti aircraft battery was positioned close by.

It is a fascinating site and the Friends are proud to be involved with Sheffield Manor Lodge with the aim of preserving this great Sheffield story for future generations to come….read more

Discover a great Sheffield story…..Did you know?


Mary, Queen of Scots spent 14 years (almost a third of her life) in Sheffield between Manor Lodge and the Castle.


John Fox, a local potter, from about 1715 produced high class pottery (in Wolsey’s tower) known as “Manor Ware”. His kiln was one of the first to produce pottery on an industrial scale.


Bess of Hardwick spent many years in Sheffield as joint custodian of Mary, Queen of Scots.


Sheffield Manor Lodge was situated in the Great Sheffield Park-one of the largest medieval deer parks nationwide, covering an area of over 8 miles.


Cardinal Wolsey was held in custody in November 1530 for 18 days at Sheffield Manor Lodge.


A mining village inhabited the site from about the 1840’s to the end of the 19th century.



Sheffield Manor Lodge History Speakers Event




Mary Queen of Scots Book


Mary Queen of Scots


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Now received national recognition from AQA GCSE History for the years 2021-23. This will mean more than 50,000 students will study Sheffield Manor Lodge and Mary, Queen of Scots captivity.

As the author, I am really proud that my book has achieved this elevated status. David Templeman”