HISTORY

"THERE IS A PARK CALLED NORTHWODE"

Norwood Park (Northwode) is first mentioned in the inquisition of Archbishop Neville's property in 1388. At the time he held Northwode, Hexgreave, and Hockerwood.

CIVIL WAR & REFORMATION

A TALE OF EDWARD CLUDD

 
After the Civil War, Parliament put many episcopal lands up for sale including Norwood Park.  Edward Cludd (Master General of London) purchased Norwood Park for £964 in 1649
.
 
He built for himself "a pretty little brick house" in which he resided for the rest of his life. 
 
As a Civil Magistrate, Edward Cludd conducted many marriage ceremonies beneath a large Oak Tree, thence called Cludd's Oak.
 
Sadly, 
Cludd's Oak blew down in the 19th century, fortunately, many other enormous Oak Trees from that period remain at Norwood Park; some more than 600 years old.
 
At the Restoration, Norwood Park was returned to the Church, but 
Cludd
remained a tenant for life.

A PRIVATE ESTATE

In 1764, Norwood Park was leased by John Sutton and in 1778 his brother Richard Sutton successfully sought an Act of Parliament enabling him to exchange his Easthorpe Estate for ownership of Norwood Park.

SUTTON FAMILY

During the 1760's the Suttons pulled down Edward Cludd's house and erected the present mansion you see today.    
 
At that time Norwood Park comprised of around 30 rooms, domestic offices,  a brew-house, granary, bottle, flow, bakehouse, slaughterhouse, stables, coach house, dog kennels and cow yard.
 
The Suttons also landscaped the Park, erecting the Temple, developing two more fish ponds and planting the Lime Avenue.  
After more than 100 years of residence, the Sutton family moved from Norwood Park and leased it to a variety of tenants including the Marquis of Carmarthen (Duke of Leeds), Lord Edwin Hill and Mr Dashwood Fane.
 
Later,
Mr
Chambers, a consummate entertainer purchased Norwood Park whereupon it became renowned as an "archiepiscopal of hospitality".
 

The house was filled with exquisite furniture, art, and wealthy guests.

STARKEY FAMILY

The Starkey family purchased Norwood Park at auction in 1881.  
 
They were successful mill owners from Milnsbridge, Yorkshire.
 
The first John Starkey was awarded a baronetcy in 1935.  He was a member of Parliament and a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
 
Since taking up residence in 1881 the Starkey family have expanded the House adding further floors to the halls leading to both the east and west wings of the House.
 
Other developments include transforming the Coach house and Stables into an enormous Palladian Gallery and restoring the Temple on the hill.

CONTACT

Norwood Hall, Norwood Park 

Halam Road, Southwell 

Nottinghamshire,

NG25 0PB 

 

 

Tel: 01636 302099

events@norwoodpark.co.uk

Night Porter Tel: 07713 172555

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