WORK has started on a new archaeological scheme to uncover long-lost areas of a Sheffield house and garden where Mary Queen of Scots was once held prisoner.
Manor Lodge dates from medieval times and had been owned by the Earls of Shrewsbury during the Elizabethan era.
Workers will remove by hand soil that has lain for centuries above the ruined building’s kitchen quarters.
Once the walls have been revealed, protected and cleaned up, they will be used as the base for an apothecary garden containing medicinal herbs used in the 1400s.
A further garden will be created nearby, in what was once the 15th century house’s inner courtyard.
The area will be called the Queen Mary’s Garden.
It will feature lavender beds following the layout of a traditional maze.
The work is being led by Manor Lodge’s owners Green Estate.
Sue France, chief executive of Green Estate, said they want to create ‘one of the most beautiful new inner city landscapes in South Yorkshire’.