Swarkestone Hall Pavilion

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Swarkestone Hall Pavilion
Swarkestone Hall Pavilion 2.jpg
Swarkestone Pavilion looking from the Bowling Green Side
Swarkestone Hall Pavilion is located in Derbyshire
Swarkestone Hall Pavilion
Location within Derbyshire
General information
Architectural style Jacobean style
Coordinates 52°51′14″N 1°26′42″W / 52.854°N 1.445°W / 52.854; -1.445
Construction started c1632
Cost £111 12s 4d
Client Sir John Harpur, 2nd Baronet
Owner Landmark Trust
Design and construction
Architect John Smythson
Engineer Richard Shepperd
Designations Grade I listed

Swarkestone Hall Pavilion also known as Swarkestone Stand and The Grandstand is a 17th-century pavilion 200 metres north of the ruins of Swarkestone Hall, Swarkestone, Derbyshire. It is a Grade I listed building located to the south of Chellaston on the A514.

The Harpur family resided at Swarkestone Hall and in 1632 commissioned architect John Smythson, one of England's first true architects and son of the great Robert Smythson, to design a bowling green enclosure and pavilion in the grounds of the Hall.

It was built by Richard Shepperd at a cost of £111 12s 4d, [1] from fine ashlar Keuper sandstone, decorated with the coat of arms of Sir John Harpur. The walled enclosure, for the Bowling Green (some say bull baiting ring) is known as "The Cuttle". The building is in a Jacobean style with a two-storey centre, castellated parapet, flanked by a pair of three-storey towers with leaded cupolas topped by balled finials. [2]

The main Harpur line failed with the death of Henry Harpur in 1677, and the estate fell to the descendants of his great-uncle, Sir Henry Harpur, who had bought an estate at Calke Abbey in 1621. Thereafter Calke was the principal seat of the family and Swarkestone Hall fell into decline. It was demolished around 1750, with only its 17th-century gate piers and the ruins of the house (both Grade II listed) remaining.

In June 1968 the Rolling Stones had a photo shoot with Michael Joseph in and around the Pavilion for the album Beggar's Banquet. Additional pictures were used for the Stones' first compilation album, Hot Rocks 1964–1971. For many Stones fans, the images created on this shoot are among the best ever of the band.[3] Beggar's Banquet was re-released in a different sleeve without these pictures.

After many years of neglect the Pavilion was acquired by the Landmark Trust, who carried out restoration and preservation work and now offer the building for holiday accommodation.[4]


  1. ^ "Derby Photographs". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Architectural Description of the Pavilion". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Images from the Beggar's Banquet shoot". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Swarkestone Pavilion". Landmark Trust. Retrieved 20 August 2013.