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Stuffynwood Hall was built in 1857 by Charles Paget, MP for Nottingham. He built the hall on a hilltop on the Stuffin Wood Farm taking 10 acres of the farm's 201 acres. He bought the farm from Chesterfield gentleman, Robert Malkin some years earlier. Joseph Paget developed it into the Stuffynwood Estate. It is situated in Derbyshire in an area called Pleasley Vale. The river Meden, which runs through the Vale, is the county boundary line with neighbouring north Nottinghamshire and the town of Mansfield. He built Stuffynwood Hall for his son, Joseph, soon to be married to the Dean of Derby's daughter, Helen A. Abney of Measham Hall. The main residence for the Nottinghamshire Pagets was at Ruddington Grange, a 400 acre estate that Charles built in 1828. Charles Paget built Stuffywood Hall in a style known as Italian Rennaisance using a local and very unique magnesium limestone that was also utilised in the rebuilding of Westminster Palace. The source of the stone, known locally as 'Parliament Quarry', was less than a mile away in Mansfield Woodhouse. Joseph Paget remained faithful with his father's 'Italianate Style', completing the extensions and lofty towers in 1880.

The Paget family's shareholding in the Pleasley Mills business had been held since the early 1800's after a marriage brought the Pagets and Hollins families together. It was a successful partnership of families with similar religious and political beliefs. The Hollins' managed the affairs of the company on a daily basis, however, the Pagets were more involved in public office and had other major shareholdings in banking and textile businesses.

The Hall took its name from the Stuffyns (alt. sp. Stuffins) whom for generations had lived at Stuffynwood. The early Stuffyns were the agisters of Sherwood Forest, controlling the grazing rights for the King. In 1236, records show that King Henry III ruled on a land dispute, upholding the charter granted by King John to Robert Stuffyn, owner of the Manor of Mansfield Woodhouse. Later, records show that Hugh Stuffyn, was granted land at Shirebrook, which is believed to be the estate still known as Stuffynwood. The Stuffynwood branch of the family were primarily involved with the protection of the King's venison and maintaining and administrating the neighbouring Pleasley Park, a Royal hunting Forest. A listed house on the estate has timber core samples dated to 1470, while parish registers surviving from the 16thC, record Stuffyn christenings at St Michael's, Pleasley through the 16th to 18th centuries.

As well as delving into the history of Stuffynwood, I have researched the history of former residents and unearthed some very interesting characters including the actor John Hurt's grandfather, Henry Hurt, who was a gardener on the Estate!

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Grant Pearcy

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