Sutton Park, Yorkshire

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View of house from gardens

Sutton Park is an 18th-century Georgian English country house situated on the edge of the village of Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire. It is approximately 10 miles north of York, in the ancient Forest of Galtres. The house, a Grade I listed building, is open to the public for part of the year. It is the residence of Sir Reginald Sheffield, 8th Baronet (father of Samantha Cameron, wife of the former Prime Minister David Cameron), and Lady Sheffield.

It was a filming location for the house of Ann Walker in the BBC television series Gentleman Jack.


The house was built in 1730. It was altered by Thomas Atkinson for Phillip Harland, who inherited the property in 1750.[1]

The house was purchased by the Sheffield family in 1963 when they relocated from Normanby Hall, North Lincolnshire.[2] The Sheffields relocated pieces of art and furniture from Normanby Hall, the historic family seat in north Lincolnshire.[3]


Sutton Park is of red brick and is styled as a villa. The main central building is flanked by two wings: on each side, a set of colonnades joins a smaller structure to the central house.[3] Venetian-style windows in the wings look out upon the house's gardens.[3]


Ornate plasterwork features throughout the house. Designed by Giuseppe Cortese, this use of plasterwork is especially prominent in the entrance hall, where the Rococo style predominates, and in the library, where the plasterwork illustrates fruit themes.[3][4][5][6]

In March 2015, unpublished photographs from the City of Leeds archives revealed that the panelling and mantelpiece in the study of Sutton Park had been imported from the Morning Room of Potternewton Hall, in Leeds, which was the ancestral estate of Olive Middleton. Olive was the great grandmother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The panelling and mantelpiece in the former Middleton room were designed by Henry Flitcroft in the 1720s.

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  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Yorkshire: The North Riding: The Buildings of England. ISBN 0-300-09665-8.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Sutton Park". Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d "Historic Houses in North Yorkshire: Sutton Park". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  4. ^ Laycock, Mike (17 March 2015). "Kate's links to North Yorkshire revealed". The Press (York). Retrieved 14 January 2019. Pine panelling from the morning room had then been installed in a room at Sutton Park at Sutton-on-the-Forest, owned by Sir Reginald Sheffield, father of the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron. He said the panelling and mantelpiece were saved because they were part of a priceless interior dating from the 1720s, designed by royal architect Henry Flitcroft.
  5. ^ A photographic Archive of Leeds, Leodis. "Potternewton Hall, Potternewton Lane". UK Gov. City of Leeds. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  6. ^ Poole, David (18 March 2015). "Potternewton Hall, Leeds". Heritage Gazette. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.

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Coordinates: 54°04′25″N 1°06′37″W / 54.07368°N 1.11030°W / 54.07368; -1.11030