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Wingfield Manor

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South Wingfield
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 7NH

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The vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house arranged round a pair of courtyards, with a huge undercrofted Great Hall and a defensible High Tower 22 metres (72 feet) tall. This monument to late medieval ‘conspicuous consumption’ was built in the 1440s for the wealthy Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England. Later the home of Bess of Hardwick’s husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, who imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots here in 1569, 1584 and 1585. 


Awe inspiring and dramatic are apt descriptions of the ruins of Wingfield Manor, standing high above the Amber Valley.

The Manor has witnessed some of the most important periods of English history. It was here that the plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth 1 was drawn together by a local Squire. He wished to release the captive Mary Queen of Scots and place her on the English throne, but as a result Mary was sentenced to be executed.


The Manor is administered by English Heritage and incorporates a private working farm. Visitors are requested to respect the privacy of the owners and refrain from visiting outside official opening hours.



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