History Of Thornbridge Hall


A Jacobean Country House

Thornbridge was the seat of the Longsdon family from the 12th century until the late 18th century. In 1790 John Morewood, a linen merchant, bought the estate for £10,000, and enlarged the earlier house. In 1859 Frederick Craven rebuilt the house entirely in Jacobean style, but the house as we see it today is the work of a Sheffield lawyer named George Marples. 

In 1896 Marples enlarged the house, and laid out the gardens. He also built estate cottages, lodges, and even a private railway station. In 1929 Charles Boot bought the estate. Boot's company earned the contract to demolish the stately home of Clumber Park after that house was destroyed in a fire in 1938. Boot rescued a large number of statues, fountains, and building facades from Clumber and installed them at Thornbridge Hall.

The house was briefly used as a teacher training college by Sheffield City Council, but is now in private ownership and used as a family home and event centre.