History uncovered at Manor Lodge

RUINS dating from the 15th century were revealed this week at Sheffield’s Manor Lodge.

Soil which covers the kitchen quarters of the historic house and outbuildings were removed by hand when a team of archaeologists, gardeners and volunteers started work.

Once the ancient walls have been fully revealed, protected and cleaned up they will be used as the base for an apothecary garden which will be planted with traditional medicinal herbs used in the 15th century.

Another garden will be created in what would previously have been an inner courtyard of the historic house. It is to be called the Queen Mary’s Garden – in recognition of the fact that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned there for up to 14 years – and will feature lavender beds planted in the layout of a traditional medieval maze.

The work is led by Green Estate Ltd and part-funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust.