Sutton Park is a fine early-Georgian house set in beautiful gardens and parkland.
The house stands on the edge of the village of Sutton which grew up in the Middle Ages to the north of York, in the ancient forest of Galtres.
By the mid-18th century the manor had passed from the Crown to the Harland family and, after inheriting the property in 1750, Philip Harland demolished the original building and replaced it with the present house.
This was completed before his death in 1764 and was probably designed by the architect Thomas Atkinson of York.
The design of the charming Palladian house was clearly influenced by the fashionable architect James Paine who had a large country house practice in the north of England.
Although there were some alterations to the interior at the end of the 18th century, the house remained relatively unaltered until the 20th century.
The property passed through a series of complicated female inheritances until it was sold in 1926 and again in 1944.
In 1963 Sutton Park was purchased by the Sheffields and members of the family still live there today.
Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens
1/60 @ f5.6 ISO 100
9 Sept 2009