This is an archived press release
Monday 26 July 2004
26 July 2004
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
Issued on behalf of the Civic Trust
North Lees Hall, Hathersage will be open, free of charge on Saturday September 11 and Sunday September 12 from 12pm - 5pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days 2004. Owned by the Peak District National Park Authority, North Lees Hall is normally let out as high quality holiday accommodation by The Vivat Trust a national building preservation trust. The open days provide a unique opportunity for the public to have access to this fascinating Grade II* listed 16th-century tower house situated in a dramatic position below Stanage Edge. During the 2003 open days the Hall proved extremely popular and opened its doors to a staggering 1100 people!
The national Heritage Open Days are co-ordinated by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage, promoted by BBC TWO and Restoration and funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Royal & Sun Alliance. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy the beauty and architecture of the Hall before six months of scheduled repairs begin, including a new roof and rain water goods, to be partly funded by English Heritage.
Built around 1590, North Lees Hall is ascribed to the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, who was the architect of Hardwick and Wollaton Halls. North Lees is believed to be Charlotte Brontë's inspiration for Mr Rochester's home, Thornfield House in Jane Eyre, following Brontë's stay in Hathersage in 1845. Even without this connection the Hall remains an important piece of Elizabethan architecture and an asset to Derbyshire. Refreshments will be available within a marquee in the grounds.
Directions: 20 minutes drive from Sheffield on A625. Parking is available in Hathersage and a free shuttle bus will operate from Hathersage Railway Station and the main village car park from 11.50am on Saturday and 11.35am on Sunday.