About Burtonfields

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19th Century

Burtonfields hall was built in 1837 by the Architect Antony Salivin for Charles Darley in an Italianate villa style, which was popular at the time. The house was then occupied by the Darley family up until 1896 when it was purchased by William Mountain Harrison of Sheffield.

Shortly after he purchased Burtonfields, Harrison contracted the renowned York architect W H Brierly to design a series of extensions and alterations to suit his bachelor lifestyle. This included the stables, kennels, a number of other outbuildings but most notably the grand billiard room with its beautiful parquet floor, wood paneling and vaulted ceiling topped by a roof lantern. The billiard room and it’s opulent features were designed to impress and entertain the guests of the house during and after parties which it has certainly achieved over the years.

20th Century

In 1917 Harrison died with no heirs so the property passed to his nephew Reginald Harrison Bush. Reginald undertook further alterations, bringing the house to its most recent form adding extensions to many of the formal rooms such as the hall, dining and drawing rooms. These extensions including the addition of two bay windows and the addition of a second floor have helped emphasise the grandeur of the house. All the formal rooms exhibit high ceilings with beautifully ornate cornices and woodwork of an extremely high level of craftsmanship, which is apparent throughout the hall.

Reginald embedded himself in the local community being an active member of the parish council and cricket club. He would hold memorable village fetes on the lawns in summer, drinks for the parishioners at Christmas time as well as hosting lavish parties for his friends in the same vein as his predecessor.

Into the modern day...

Since then the family has remained in the house while the property leisurely aged around them. As is common with many houses of this type, it became more and more difficult to maintain and it became evident that opening it up for the public to enjoy was the best way to breathe new life into the property. In 2019 a restoration and renovation project was begun to bring the hall back to its former glory.

The aim of the project is to maintain and regain some of the beautiful features that over time have deteriorated and we hope that guests come and enjoy the house as much as the family has over the generations.

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