VISITORS to the famous turret house at Manor Lodge will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views across Sheffield.
The Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge are in discussions with English Heritage about adding a rooftop platform to the Grade II*-listed building – and have already received a donation of funding towards the scheme.
Some £3,000 has been given by the Sheffield Masonic Lodge, presented by Ernest Wainwright, Freemason in the Community.
David Templeman, of the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge, said: “The platform will offer visitors views previously unseen since Tudor times, when people at the manor could gaze across what was then one of the largest deer parks in the country.
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time – years, in fact – but money has always been an issue.”
“Each year, the masonic lodge chooses a cause to raise money for and this year we were honoured they chose us.
“They raised the money with various charity dinners, luncheons and sponsored walks. We’re excited to begin work on the viewing platform, which will be done next year.”
The Turret House is a landmark in Sheffield and is said by many to be haunted by the spirit of Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned there for 14 years.
Mr Templeman said: “We have had people asking whether they could go onto the roof of the turret house for years, but we have not allowed them to because of health and safety. The viewing platform would be wooden with collapsible sides.”
He said English Heritage-approved architects have come up with a design and the friends must now seek approval from the conservation body.